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Sanjay Kumar

Phone & Fax : 011 – 23981012, 23831290

Email :sanjay@csds.in

Location :

CSDS, 29 Rajpur Road,Civil Lines, New Delhi

Present Position

  • Professor & Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies since January 2014
  • Co- Director, Lokniti a Research Program of the CSDS.

Research Interest

  • Indian Democracy, Electoral politics, Voting Behaviour and Survey Research

Important Research Engagements

  • Directed various national and state level studies conducted by the CSDS since 1996, prominent being the National Election Study (NES) 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009, State of Democracy in South Asia, Youth Surveys and various rounds of State of the Nation Surveys. Also directed various other surveys conducted by CSDS during this period.
  • Has been a core team member of ANFREL, a Bangkok based civil society group, which works on monitoring election in Asian countries. As part of the team I have observed elections in Thailand and Cambodia on behalf of ANFREL team. I was also a member of the drafting committee which worked on drafting “Citizens Charter for Free and Fair Elections in Asia”. Recently I have also participated in workshops on issues related to free and fair elections, electoral violence organised by National Democratic Institute (NDI)
  • I was a team member of the group “Research Group on Electoral Violence in Asia Pacific countries”, a project undertaken by the UNDP, Bangkok regional office. As a team member, conducted research on Electoral Violence in India and submitted a detailed report to the UNDP.
  • Core Team Member of Asian Barometer Survey, conducted by Prof. Takashi Inoguchi, Cho University, Japan. Analysed the Data for three rounds of survey 2003, 2005, and 2007 and contributed papers based on the findings of the survey.
  • I have taught some course on research methodology for Ph. D, M Phil and Master student in some universities. For the past one decade, I have been regularly delivering lectures on Research Methodology, Survey Research, Questionnaire Design, Sampling and related topic at various Universities and Research Institutes 

Important Research Projects

  • Directed various national and state level studies conducted by the CSDS during last two decades.  Prominent among them are National Election Study (NES) 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 2014 & 2019  and several rounds of State Assembly Election Studies (SES)
  • State of Democracy in South Asia Round I (2004-05) and Round II (2013-14) and a third round of study is ongoing National Taiwan University
  • Three Rounds of Survey based studies on Indian Youth in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) 2007, 2013 & 2016-17.
  • States and Citizens: Policing, welfare services and political participation among the urban poor in New Delhi, Nairobi and Durban in collaboration with Research Council of Norway.
  • A Study on MGNREGA: An Evaluation of its functioning in Rajasthan, A collaborative research by IDEA Centre at MLS University, Udaipur and Lokniti:
  • Co-Principal Investigator for the Study on Society and Politics between Election in collaboration with Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.
  • Conducted study on The Status of Policing in India (Round I & II)  in collaboration with  Common Cause, New Delhi
  • Conducted studies such as Training in Survey Research with reference to National Election Study (NES) 2009, Bihar Assembly Election 2010, Inequalities, Welfare and Democracy: Studies of Politics Policy Interface in Indian States in collaboration with ICSSR
  • Conducted a study on the None of the Above’ Option: Voter Inclination and attitudes”(2018) and a study on End line survey of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) of Citizens ( in progress) with the support of Election Commission of India.
  • Conducted studies in collaboration with Research Council of Norway MGNREGA: the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development. IGNOU, Department for International Development (DFID) New Delhi

Publications

Books

  • “Youth in India: Aspirations, Attitudes, Anxieties”, Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2019.
  • कुमार, संजय, 2019, “बिहार की चुनावी राजनीति : जाति - वर्ग का समीकरण (१९९०- २०१५ )”, फॉरवर्ड ट्रस्ट, नई दिल्ली.
  • Kumar, Sanjay, “April 2018”, ‘Post Mandal Politics in Bihar: Changing Electoral Patterns’, published by Sage, Delhi.
  • Post Mandal Politics in Bihar: Changing Electoral Patterns, SAGE, 2018
  • (With Suhas Palshikar and Sanjay Lodha) Electoral Politics in India: Resurgence of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Routledge, 2017
  • Indian Youth and Electoral Politics: An Emerging Engagement, Sage, New Delhi,2014
  • Changing Electoral Politics in Delhi: From Caste to Class, Sage, New Delhi, 2013
  • (With Praveen Rai) Measuring Voting Behaviour in India, Sage, New Delhi, 2013
  • (With Christopher Jafferlot) “Rise of the Plebeians? The Changing Face of Indian Legislative Assemblies”. Routledge, New Delhi, 2009
  • (With Peter R deSouza and Sandeep Shastri) “Indian Youth in a Transforming World: Attitudes and Perceptions,” Sage, New Delhi, 2009

Chapters in Edited Books/Volume:

  • The journey of Think Tanks, In Sukhadeo Thorat, Ajaya Dixit and Samar Verma (edited) Strengthening Policy Research: Role of Think Tanks Initiative in South Asia, SAGE 2019 
  • (With Rahul Verma) The implication of the 2014 Elections: Is BJP the New Congress? In Ashutosh Kumar and Yatindra Singh Sisodia (edited) How India Votes, A State-by-State Look, Orient BlackSwan, 2019
  • Politics, participation and political clout among urban poor: a study of Delhi Slum, in Vipul Mudgal (ed) Claiming India from Below: Activism and democratic transformation, Routledge, 2016.
  • Fourth Delimitation of Electoral Constituencies: A Critical Assessment, in Sanjeer Alam and K.C Sivaramakrishnan (ed), Fixing Electoral Boundaries in India: Laws, Processes, Outcomes, and Implication for Political Representation, Oxford University Press, 2015. 
  • Fourth Delimitation of Electoral Constituencies: A Critical Assessment, in Sanjeer Alam and K.C Sivaramakrishnan (ed), Fixing Electoral Boundaries in India: Laws, Processes, Outcomes, and Implication for Political Representation, Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Politics in Bihar: Is there a Shift from Caste to Development? In Manish K Jha and Pushpendra (ed), Traversing Bihar, The Politics of Development and Social Justice, Orient Blackswan,  2014
  • Coalition Politics in Bihar: From One party Dominance to Bi-polarity to Uncertainty? in E Sridharan (ed) Coalition Politics in India Selected issues at the Centre and the States, Academic Foundation, June 2014.
  • Regional Parties, Coalition Government and Functioning of Indian Parliament: The Changing Patterns, in BD Dua, MP Singh and Rekha Saxena (ed), The Indian Parliament: The Changing Landscape, Manohar, 2014
  • Coalition Politics in Bihar: From One party Dominance to Bi-polarity to Uncertainty? in E Sridharan (ed) Coalition Politics in India Selected issues at the Centre and the States, Academic Foundation, June 2014.
  • (With Rakesh Ranjan), Development Finally Delivered, in Suhas Palshikar, KC Suri and Yogendra Yadav (ed) Party Competition in Indian States, Electoral Politics in Post Congress Polity, Oxford University Press, May 2014.
  • A shift Towards regionalisation of Indian Politics, in Sudha Pai (ed) Handbook of Politics in Indian States, Regions, Parties and Economic Reforms, pp 146-165, Oxford 2013.
  • Disparities in Levels of Educational Attainment in India: A National Analysis’, Y.S. Sisodia (ed), Democratic Governance and Human Development: Stocktaking and Future Strategies, pp.186-203. New Delhi: Rawat Publications, 2013
  • Regional Parties, Coalition Government and Functioning of Indian Parliament: The Changing Patterns, in Towards an Inclusive India, Role of Parliament in Social Change edited by G.Gopa Kumar, Manak Publications, 2011
  • (With Annapurna Nautiyal) “ Uttarakhand: The Story behind Marginal Differences, published in “ Electoral Politics in Indian States, Lok Sabha Elections 2004 and Beyond edited by Sandeep Shastri, K.C Suri and Yogendra Yadav, Oxford. 2009
  • (With Harishwar Dayal) “ Jharkhand: Revival of Past Trends, published in “Electoral Politics in Indian States, Lok Sabha Elections 2004 and Beyond edited by Sandeep Shastri, K.C Suri and Yogendra Yadav, Oxford. 2009
  • Change and continuity among Urban Indian Families, in Takashi Inoguchi, edited “Human Beliefs and Values in Incredible Asia, April 2008
  • India Shining: Impact of Economic Reforms on Indian Elections in Bhupinder Brar, Ashutosh Kumar and Ronki Ram Edited “Globalisation and the Politics of Identity in India” Pearson Longman, Delhi, 2008
  • (With Praveen Rai) Changes in the Status of Women in Afghanistan, in State Building, Political Process, and Human Security in Afghanistan, Reflections on a Survey of the Afghan People, The Asia Foundation, Kabul, Afghanistan. April 2007. 
  • The New Alliance made the difference in Bihar, in Ramashray Roy and Paul Wallace edited “ India’s 2004 Elections Grass Root and National Perspective, Sage Publication, New Delhi, India, 2006
  • India’s Maturing Democracy, in Takashi Inoguchi and Matthew Carlson edited
  • Governance and Democracy in Asia, Trans Pacific Press, Melbourne, Australia, 2006
  • India’s Urban Middle Class, in Takashi Inoguchi, Miguel Basanez, Akihito Tanaka and Timur Dadabaev edited, Values and Life Styles in Urban Asia, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo, Japan, March 2005.
  • Janata Regionalised: Contrasting Bases of Electoral Support in Bihar and Orissa, in Rob Jenkins edited, Regional Reflections: Comparing Politics across India’s States, Oxford University Press, New Delhi 2004.
  • Increasing Fluidity in Electoral Contest: Is this mere Anti-Incumbency? In Rajendra Vora and Suhas Palshikar Edited, Indian Democracy: Meaning and Practices, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2004
  • New phase of Backward Caste Politics in Bihar, in Ghanshyam Shah (ed). Caste and Democratic Politics in India, Permanent Black, New Delhi 2002

Articles published in International Academic Journals

  • Youth’s participation in Anti-Corruption Movement in South Asia: Is there such a Movement? Panorama 01, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Singapore, 2012.
  • Turbulent Rise of Regional Parties: Many sided threat for the Congress, Canada Watch, December 2011
  • Religious Practices among Indian Hindus, Japanese Journal of Political Science, September 2009, published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.
  • Electoral Patterns in Indian Elections, South Asian Journal, July-September, 2009
  • Muslim Women in India: Opinions, Attitudes and Participation in Politics, Indian Journal of Politics, Vol. XLI, No. 3 & 4, July-December 2007
  • (With Takashi Inoguchi and Satoru Mikami) Macro-Political Origins of Micro-Political Differences: A comparison of Eleven Societies in East and South Asia, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Volume 8, Part 3, December 2007 published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K
  • Delhi’s Migrants: A Socio-Economic profile, South Asian Journal, July-September 2007,
  • Media and Election Campaign: Does Campaign Influence Political Choices in India?
  • Indian Journal of Politics, Vol. XL No. 4, October-December 2006
  • (With Ashutosh Kumar) The Recent Assembly elections in Punjab: Some Reflections on Results and Changing Voter Preferences, International Journal of Punjab Studies, Vol. 9, Number 1, January-June, 2002

Articles published in Economic and Political Weekly (EPW)

  • (With Praveen Rai) ‘The decline of the Congress Party in Indian Politics’, EPW, Vol. 52, Issue No. 12, 25 March, 2017.
  • (With Suhas Palshikar, Shreyas Sardesai and Pranav Gupta) Interpreting the mandate in Jammu and Kashmir, EPW, Vol No 19, May 9, 2015.
  • (With Shreyas Sardesai) Jharkhand Assembly Election: BJP wins with some help from Opponent, EPW, Vol No 19, May 9, 2015.
  • (With Shreyas Sardesai and Pranav Gupta, BJP’s Victory in Haryana: Riding on the Modi wave or a Smart Social Coalition?  EPW, Vol XLIX, No 48, November 29, 2014
  • BJP Crafts a new Social Coalition in Bihar, EPW, Vol XLIX, No 39, September 27, 2014
  • (With Pranav Gupta) Can BJP revive itself in 2014? EPW, Vol. XLVIII, No 52, December 28, 2013
  • (With Shreyas Sardesai and Pranav Gupta) ‘The Weakening of Electoral
  • Anti-Incumbency’, EPW, Vol. 48, No. 13, 30 March 2013
  • (With Oliver Heath) Why did Dalits desert the Bhajuan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh? EPW Vol. XLVII, No. 28, July 14, 2012.
  • Jharkhand Assembly Elections: An analysis, EPW, Vol XIV No. 7, February 13, 2010.
  • Patterns of Political Participation, EPW, September 26- October 2, 2009.
  • (With Rakesh Ranjan) Bihar: Development Matters, EPW, September 26- October 2, 2009.
  • (With Praveen Rai) Shrinking Political Space for Jharkhand Mukti Moarcha, EPW, August 15-21, 2009  [also published in Suhas Palshikar (ed.) “Regional Political Parties in India (Marathi)]
  • Delhi Assembly Election: 2008, EPW, Vol XLIV, No. 6, February 7-13, 2009.
  • The Fourth Delimitation: An Evaluation, EPW, Vol XLIV, No. 3, January 17-23, 2009.
  • Jharkhand Assembly Elections 2005: Little Hope for the BJP, EPW Vol. XL No. 5, January 29-February 4, 2005.
  • Bihar Assembly Elections: RJD needs an Alliance for Victory, EPW Vol. XL No. 3, January 15-21, 2005.
  • (With Harishwar Dayal) Reversal of Past Trends, EPW Vol. XXXIX No. 51, December18-24, 2004
  • (With Annapurna Nautiyal) Story behind Marginal Differences, EPW Vol. XXXIX No. 51, December18-24, 2004.
  • (With Suhas Palshikar) Participatory Norms: How Broad-based is it? EPW Vol. XXXIX No. 51, December18-24, 2004.
  • Impact of Economic Reforms on Indian Electorate, EPW, Vol. XXXIX No. 16, April 17-23, 2004. 
  • (With Dhananjai Joshi and Abhay Datar) Assembly Elections in Delhi, EPW, Vol. XXXIX No. 6, February 7-13, 2004. 
  • (With Ramesh K.Chauhan) Himachal Pradesh: Elections 2003- Understanding Complex Choices, EPW, Vol. XXXVIII No. 28, July 12-18, 2003. 
  • Delimitation on the Basis of 2001 Census: Damage Control Exercise: EPW, Vol. XXXVIII No. 19, May 10, 2003. 
  • Delimitation: Old and New Issues, EPW, Vol. XXXVIII No. 12-13, April 4, 2003. 
  • Gujarat Assembly Elections 2002: Analysing the Verdict, EPW, Vol. XXXVIII No. 4, January 25, 2003. 
  • (With Anthony Heath and Oliver Heath) Changing Patterns of Social Mobility: Some Trends Overtime, EPW, Vol. XXXVII No. 40, October 5-11, 2002. 
  • Creation of New States: Rationale and Implications, EPW, Vol. XXXVII No. 36, September 7-13, 2002. 
  • Reforming Indian Electoral Process, EPW, Vol. XXXVII No. 34, August 24-30, 2002
  • (With Anthony Heath and Oliver Heath) Determinants of Social Mobility in India, EPW, Vol. XXXVII No. 29, July 20-26, 2002. 
  • Uttaranchal Assembly Elections: Marginal Differences, EPW, Vol. XXXVII No. 20, May 18-24, 2002. 
  • (With Ashutosh Kumar) Punjab Assembly Elections: Decline of Identity Politics, EPW, Vol. XXXVII No. 15, April 13, 2002. 
  • Adivasis of South Orissa: Enduring Poverty, EPW, Vol. XXXVI No. 43, October 27- November 2, 2001. 
  • New Phase of Backward Caste Politics in Bihar, EPW, Vol.XXXIV No.34-35 August 21-27/28 September3, 1999
  • MP-Muslim in Electoral Politics, EPW Vol XXXI Nos 2 & 3, January 13-20 1996.

Articles Published in journals & magazines and News Papers (Hindi &English)

  • More than 50 articles were published in various other journals and magazines such as Seminar, Forward Press, Studies in Indian Politics, Pratiman etc
  • Contributed more than 300 articles in various Hindi and English newspapers such as Hindu, Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Deccan Chronicle, The Mint, Economic Times, Rashtriya Sahara, Prabhat Khabar Dainik Bhaskar etc.

 

 

 

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