Ruparelia, Sanjay

Sanjay Rupareila

Sanjay Ruparelia
PhD, Politics, University of Cambridge
Associate Professor of Politics, The New School for Social Research

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Areas of Expertise:
Theories of Democracy; Comparative Politics, Political Economy of Development; India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and China.
Sanjay Ruparelia earned his PhD in politics from Cambridge University. He holds a joint appointment in the bachelor’s program in The New School for Public Engagement and in the Politics Department at The New School for Social Research. Ruparelia’s areas of research and teaching span democratic theory, comparative politics and political economy of development, primarily in South Asian studies. He has a secondary interest in China.

In the past, his work has focused on Indian democratic transformations since 1989, as well as the rise and fall of the broader Indian left vis-à-vis the Congress and Hindu nationalist BJP. Ruparelia has also looked at the prospects and difficulties of power sharing in federal coalition governments, and the role of institutions, power and judgment in politics. His new research examines the recent attempt to enact a right to basic social welfare in India through an innovative state-building project. It is part of a long-term collaborative research initiative, which analyzes the phenomenon of prosperity amidst poverty and inequality in India and China, and assesses its consequences domestically and for the global political economy. Ruparelia’s research has been supported by the Commonwealth Foundation, and he has been recognized with awards and fellowships from Cambridge, Yale, Columbia, Notre Dame, and the New School. He has served as a consultant to international and non-governmental organizations on governance and development, and as a media commentator on contemporary India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Courses Taught:
  • The Modern Nation-State and its Challenges
  • Democracy; Great Transformations: Understanding the Rise of India and China
  • Political Economy of Development; Making Political Judgments
  • Conceptions of Democracy: History, Theory, Comparison
  • Political Economy of Development
  • South Asian Politics
  • Political Judgment
Recent Publications:
Divided We Govern: The Paradoxes of Power in Contemporary Indian Democracy (New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming in 2012)

Understanding India's New Political Economy: A Great Transformation? co-edited with Sanjay Reddy, John Harriss and Stuart Corbridge (London: Routledge, 2011)

“Growth, Reforms and Inequality: Comparing India and China,” (co-authored) in Amiya K. Bagchi and Anthony P. D’Costa (eds), Transformation and Development: The Political Economy of Transition in India and China (Delhi: Oxford University Press: forthcoming)

“How the Politics of Recognition Enabled India’s Democratic Exceptionalism,”
International Journal for Politics, Culture and Society – Special Issue on the Work of Charles Taylor, 21, 4 (December 2008): 39-56.

“Governance and development in Afghanistan,” (co-authored) in Ruth Rennie (ed), State Building, Security and Social Change in Afghanistan: Reflections on a Survey on the Afghan People (Kabul: The Asia Foundation, 2008): 113-140.

“Rethinking Institutional Theories of Political Moderation: The Case of Hindu Nationalism in India, 1996-2004,” Comparative Politics, 38, 3 (April 2006): 317-337.

“Managing the United Progressive Alliance: The Challenges Ahead,” Economic & Political Weekly, 40, 24 (June 11, 2005): 2407-2413.

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