Arvind Kejriwal’s Leadership of the Aam Aadmi Party

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made its national debut in 2014. Arvind Kejriwal, the National Convenor and a founding leader of the AAP, had a decisive impact on the character of the party. This paper reflects on the significance of Kejriwal’s leadership in relation to the literature on party systems and political leadership. In 2014 he attempted to open up a new political cleavage and add a new party to the national party system. His entrepreneurial activity drew attention to the issues of corruption and governance. Kejriwal’s political leadership is assessed in terms of his ability to set objectives for the party, his interaction with followers, his efforts to represent those followers and the development of party institutions. Kejriwal’s performance as a party leader in 2014 was uneven. The outcome of the Lok Sabha elections exposed the geographical limits of Kejriwal’s appeal even as he attempted to provide national leadership.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-180
Number of pages14
JournalContemporary South Asia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2015


  • Arvind Kejriwal
  • Aam Aadmi Party
  • political entrepreneur
  • political leadership
  • corruption


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