Sanjay Ruparelia - Assistant Professor of Politics
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    Sanjay   Ruparelia

    Assistant Professor of Politics

    Office Location:

    Albert and Vera List Academic Center


    Concentrations: Comparative politics, political economy of development, theories of democracy, philosophies of explanation, modern South Asia with particular reference to India.

    Recent Publications:

    BooksDivided We Govern: The Paradoxes of Power in Contemporary Indian Democracy (New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming)Understanding India's New Political Economy: A Great Transformation? co-edited with Sanjay Reddy, John Harriss and Stuart Corbridge (London: Routledge, 2011)Articles"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), pp. 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.

    Research Interests:

    For several years Dr. Ruparelia's research has focused on the transformations of modern Indian democracy since 1989: the rise and fall of the broader Indian left vis-à-vis the Congress and Hindu nationalist BJP; the prospects and difficulties of power-sharing in federal coalition governments; and the role of institutions, power and judgment in politics. His new work 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 longer-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. Dr. Ruparelia's research has been supported by the Commonwealth Foundation as well as awards and fellowships from Cambridge, Yale, Columbia, Notre Dame and the New School. He has occasionally 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.