Indian Democracy at Work: Money Power in Indian Politics

Workshop on Elections and Voting

Department of Political Science, School of Social Sciences 

in collaboration with Foundation for Democratic Reforms and Indian School of Business

University of Hyderabad: 8 January 2020


Venue: Conference Hall, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad


Time & Theme for the session

Speakers and Topic

9:00 to 9:30 AM: Welcome & Preliminaries

Arun Patnaik, Dean, School of Social Sciences, UoH

9:30 to 11:00 AM

Inaugural – Session I: 

Indian Democracy: Defective or Deficient?

Chair: Manjari Katju, Dept of Pol Science, UoH

  • Jayaprakash Narayan, General Secretary, Foundation for Democratic Reforms, Hyderabad 
  • Neelanjan Sircar, Centre for Policy Research, Delhi
  • Pradeep Chhibber, University of California, Berkeley, USA

11 to 11:30 AM: Tea/Coffee break

11:30 AM to 1 PM

Session II: 

Clientelism and Election Cycles

Chair: Kham Khan Suan Hausing, Dept of Pol Science, UoH

  • Ahana Basistha (Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi): Electoral Cycle in Public Goods Provision: Evidence from India
  • Anuj Goyal (Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta): Competitive Co-operative Federalism? Analysing politics of credit attribution and voting outcomes of welfare schemes
  • Arkadev Ghosh (University of British Columbia, Canada): Elections, Accidental Deaths and Insurgency: Recipe for India’s Conflict Minerals

1 to 2 PM: Lunch

2 to 3:30 PM

Session III: 

Candidate Selection and Vote Buying

Chair: E. Venkatesu, Department of Political Science, UoH

  • Rolly Kukreja (Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi): Does Political Representation affect Trust in Political Institutions? Evidence from India
  • Bhumi Purohit (University of California, Berkeley, USA): The (Null) Marriage effect: Voters indifference to marital status of female candidates in India
  • Vignesh Karthik (King’s College, UK) and Jeyannathann Karunanithi (Independent political analyst, Chennai): Vote Buying: Who Gets to Partake and How Successfully?
  • Anustubh Agnihotri (University of California, Berkeley): Partisan alignment and fiscal transfers to local governments: The politics of decentralized governance

3:30 to 4 PM: Tea/Coffee break

4 to 5:30 PM

Concluding — Session IV:

New Directions and Possibilities towards Consolidating Indian Democracy 

Chair: Sanjay Palshikar, Dept of Pol Science, UoH

  • Carolyn Elliott, University of Vermont, USA
  • Aaditya Dar, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad: New directions in empirical research on India’s political Economy
  • Gilles Verniers, Ashoka University, New Delhi
  • KK Kailash, University of Hyderabad