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Call for papers: Workshop on Politics and Development in India

August 20, 2014 - 00:00

Workshop: Politics and Development in India – What is the connection?

Development is one of the central themes in Indian politics. Politicians make promises of improved roads, schools and medical facilities, a better supply of electricity and new irrigation systems, and voters blame politicians when such projects are not implemented. Current research points to how politicians in India can affect development patterns in their states and constituencies by working for policy changes in the legislatures, but also by working as local “fixers” who solve people’s individual problems and lobby the bureaucracy for the implementation of existing policies. But how important are actually politicians in doing these things? Is it really the bureaucracy that rules? What are the mechanisms that link politics and development in India?
The goal of this workshop is to explore these questions and the state of the art of our knowledge of the link between politics and development in India. We welcome papers from all perspectives on these issues, such as ethnographic case studies, interview-based work, archival research, literature reviews, quantitative studies, and theoretical models.
The workshop will be a one-day meeting held at NUPI and will be chaired by Stein Sundstøl Eriksen from NUPI and Pradeep Chhibber from UC Berkeley. Each participant is expected to hold a short presentation of their paper and also to comment on the work of one of the other participants. There is no available funding for travel and accommodation, but NUPI will organize and cover a lunch and dinner during the day of the workshop.
The deadline for proposing abstracts is May 1 2014, and we will notify the selected participants by May 15. The deadline for submitting papers will be August 1. 
Proposals and questions can be sent to Stein Sundstøl Eriksen ([email protected]) and Francesca Refsum Jensenius ([email protected]).
Venue: NUPI – Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
Call for papers: Workshop on Politics and Development in India


August 20, 2014