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Suhas Palshikar

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Professor Suhas Palshikar is the Chief Editor of Lokniti’s journal, Studies in Indian Politics (Sage) since its inception in 2013.  He was Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, till 2016. He was also a Chief Advisor, Political Science, for NCERT (2005-2012). He, along with Rajeshwari Deshpande is Series Editor for Sage Series on State Politics since the 1990s.

Suhas Palshikar has been a visiting scholar at South Asia Centre of University of Chicago (May 2008) and Brown India Initiative at Brown University, Providence (April-May 2013). He was President of Maharashtra Political Science Association Conference, Dhule (February, 2007). He was member of Editorial Board, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika (1990-2004). Currently, he is Fellow of Indian School of Political Economy (2006-) and member, Board of Governors of Centre for Social Studies, Surat (2014-). He is also associated with advocacy organization, Maharashtra Social Housing and Action League (MASHAL) (2016- ) and trustee, Sadhana trust, Pune (2017).

One of the members of Lokniti since its founding in 1995-96, he is currently co-director of Lokniti programme. He has been particularly actively engaged in planning and implantation of key Lokniti projects such as National Election Study (since 1996), State of Democracy in South Asia (2004-06, 2011-14 and 2019- ) and Politics and Society Between Elections, a joint project with Azim Premji University (since 2016). He is also part of the India team of the international research programme, Cultural Heritage and Identities of Europe’s Futures (CHIEF), funded by EU (2018-2021)

Professor Palshikar has written extensively in both English and Marathi in academic publications and public print media. He is a regular contributor to Indian Express and also wrote a column for Economic and Political Weekly. on State Politics since the 1990s.

Research Projects:         

  • Changing Social Bases of Political Parties in India: Case of Maharashtra, 2014-15; CSSH-UPE Project, Savitribai Phule Pune University.
  • An overview report on Politics in Maharashtra, 2012-13; commissioned by Planning Department, Govt. of Maharashtra, for the Committee on Balanced Regional Development.
  • Electoral Democracy and structures of Domination: A Study of Assembly Elections in Maharashtra-2009, 2009-11; UGC for the Major research Project, Report submitted November 2011.
  • Comparative Study of State politics in India, 2009-11; University of Pune for the BCUD Project; report submitted (November 2011).
  • Review of Election Studies (1977-2010), 2010-11; ICSSR Project on Review of Research in Political Science, Report submitted-July2011.
  • Caste and Social Mobility: A case study of Pune city, 2006-08; CSSH, University of Pune, Co-Investigator: Dr Rajeshwari Deshpande.
  • Coalition Politics in Maharashtra, 2004-06; UPIASI, Delhi; Co-Investigator: Nitin Birmal.
  • Pune: From City to Metropolis, 1999-2002; Special Assistance Programme, 2nd Phase, Co-Investigators: Rajeshwari Deshpande and Nitin Birmal.
  • Politics of Marginalized Groups: A Study of Aurangabad and Ahmednagar districts; 1997-2000; Major Research Project of UGC; Report submitted to UGC—December 2000.
  • A study of Assembly Elections, 1995 – Maharashtra; 1995-96; DSA 1st Phase and ICSSR, Co-Investigator: Rajendra Vora. Marathi book published.
  • Comparison of Voting Behaviour in Vidarbha and Western Maharashtra, 1995; Unassigned Grant, University of Pune.
  • Caste and Politics at District level in Maharashtra, 1995-96; Special Assistance Programme. DSA 1st Phase Co-Investigator: Rajendra Vora
  • Sixth Lok Sabha Elections in Maharashtra (1980-81); Associate Director, ICSSR project; Chief Investigator: Rajendra Vora. Monograph submitted to ICSSR; 1982    


Academic Journals


  • Towards Hegemony: BJP Beyond Electoral Dominance, Economic & Political Weekly, 53-33, 18 Aug. 2018, 36-42; also published in Angana P. Chatterjee, Thomas Blom Hansen and Christophe Jaffrelot (eds.), 2019, Majoritarian State, London, Hurst, 101-117.
  • Designing to Distort: Simultaneous Elections, Economic & Political Weekly, (Of Power & Politics), 17March 2018, 53:11, 10-11.
  • Letter from Rahul Gandhi: Party President in Search of a party, Economic & Political Weekly, (Of Power & Politics), 10 February 2018, 53:6, 13-14.
  • Congress’ Gujarat Model, Economic & Political Weekly (Of Power & Politics), 53:2; 13 Jan. 2018, 10-11.
  • An Attack on India’s Democracy, Economic & Political Weekly (Of Power & Politics), 52:49, 9 December, 2017, 10-11.
  • Third Life of the Shiv Sena: Notorious Becomes ‘Normal’, Economic & Political Weekly, 52:48, 2 December 2017; 33-36.
  • Discontent and Disconnect: Wages of Dominance?, Economic & Political Weekly (Of Power & Politics), 52:45, 11 Nov. 2017, 12-13.
  • Is Small Beautiful?, Economic & Political Weekly (Of Power & Politics), 52:41, 14 October, 2017; 12-13.
  • BJP Bhagao: How and Why?, Economic & Political Weekly (Of Power & Politics), 52: 37; 16 Sept. 2017, 13-14.
  • Modi’s Chale Jao vs Non-Politics of the Opposition, Economic & Political Weekly, (Of Power & Politics), 52/32, 12 August, 2017; 11-12.
  • Remembering Emergency, Column in Economic & Political Weekly (Of Power & Politics), 52/23, 10June, 2017; 10-11.
  • Nitish’s Dilemma: Power or Politics? Column in Economic & Political Weekly (Of Power & Politics), 52/28, 15 July 2017; 12-13.
  • What Makes BJP Really Different? Column in Economic & Political Weekly, (Of Power & Politics), 52/19, 13 May, 2017; 12-13.
  • Party with a Difference? Column in Economic & Political Weekly, 52/15, 15 April, 2017, 11-12.
  • India’s Second Dominant Party system, Commentary, Economic & Political Weekly, 18 March, 2017; 52/12; 12-15.
  • Diluting Political Equality, Seminar, Annual Issue, 689, January, 2017, pp. 66-70.
  • Who Is Delhi’s Common Man?, New Left Review, 2016, No. 98 (March-April), 113-128.
  • From Congress-system to non-hegemonic Multi-party Competition: Politics in Maharashtra, ISAS Working Paper No. 220, Inst. Of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, January 2016; http://www.isas.nus.edu.sg/ISAS Working Paper 220
  • The BJP and Hindu Nationalism: Centrist Politics and Majoritarian Impulses, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 38:4, 719-735, December 2015, ISSN:0085-6401 (print); 1479-0270 (online)
  • The Ambivalence of India’s Democracy, Seminar, 677, January 2016; 31-35.
  • Interpreting the Mandate in Jammu and Kashmir, Sanjay Kumar, Suhas Palshikar, Shreyas Sardesai and Pranav Gupta, Notes, Economic and Political Weekly, 2015; 50 (19), 66-69.
  • Congress in the Times of the post-Congress Era: Surviving sans Politics, Economic and Political Weekly, 2015; 50 (19), 39-46.
  • Ambedkar and Gandhi: Limits of Divergence and Possibilities of Conversation, Economic and Political Weekly, 50 (15), 11 April, 2015; 45-50.
  • Maharashtra Assembly Elections: Farewell to Maratha Politics?, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 49, Nos. 43-44, November,1, 2014, pp. 10-13
  • India’s 2014 Lok Sabha Elections: Critical Shifts in the Long Term, Caution in the Short Term, (with K.C. Suri) Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLIX, No. 39, 27 Sept. 2014, pp. 39-49. Also published in Palshikar Suhas, Sanjay Kumar and Sanjay Lodha (eds.) Electoral Politics in India, London & NY, Routledge, 2017 South Asia Edition, pp. 282-299.
  • The Defeat of the Congress, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLIX, No. 39, 27 sept., 2014, pp. 57-63. Also published as Congress’s debacle, in Palshikar Suhas, Sanjay Kumar and Sanjay Lodha (eds.) Electoral Politics in India, London & NY, Routledge, 2017 South Asia Edition, pp. 34-51.
  • The Making of a Neo-Hindu Democracy, Seminar, 665, January 2014, 37-41.
  • Modi, Media and the Middle Class, Seminar, 656, April, 2014, pp. 18-22.
  • Of Radical Democracy and Anti-partyism, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.  XLVIII No. 10, March 09, 2013, pp. 10-13
  • Elections in India: Prestige Deriving from Practice, 2012, published in French: Les elections en Inde: Un Prestige puissant au Coeur de la pratique et du Soutine populaire, in Governance Chronicle(Chroniques de la gouvernance), Charles Leopold Mayer (ed.), Paris, Inst for Research and Debate on Governance, ISBN: 978-2-84377-170-5; pp. 183-191.
  • A Moment of Spurious Democracy, Seminar, 629, Jan. 2012, pp. 28-31.
  • Limits of Dominant Caste Politics, Seminar, 620, April, 2011; pp. 47-50.
  • Transitions, Stagnations and Transformations, (with Yogendra Yadav), Seminar, 620, April, 2011; pp. 14-20.
  • Need for a Caste Census, Seminar, 617, January 2011; pp. 72-76.
  • Quality in Higher Education: Complex Issues, Superficial Solutions, 2010, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 45, No. 20, May15; pp. 29-31
  •  In the Midst of Sub-democratic Politics, 2010, Economic & Political Weekly, Vo. 45, No. 7, Feb. 13-19, pp. 12-16.
  • Maharashtra Polls—Continuity amidst Social Volatility (with Rajeshwari Deshpande and Nitin Birmal), 2009, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 44, No. 48, 28 Nov; pp. 22-27.
  • Between Fortuna and Virtu: Explaining the Congress’ Ambiguous Victory in 2009, (with Yogendra Yadav) 2009, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 44, No. 39, 25 September, pp. 33-46
  • Tentative Emergence of a New and Tentative Coalition?, 2009; Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 44, No. 21, 23 May, pp.8-10
  • Principal State Level Contests and Derivative National Choices: Electoral Trends in 2004-09; 2009, with Yogendra Yadav, Economic and Political Weekly, February 7-13, Vol. 44, No.6; pp. 55-62
  • In the Shadow of Terror: Anti-Politician or Anti-politics?; 2008, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 43, No.50, December 13-19; pp10-11.
  • Ten Theses on State Politics in India, (with Yogendra Yadav), 2008, Seminar, 591, November; pp. 14-22.
  • Occupational Mobility: How much Does Caste matter? (with Rajeshwari Deshpande), 2008, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 43, No. 34, August, 23; pp. 61-70.
  • Challenges before the Reservation Discourse, 2008, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 43, No. 17, April 26; pp. 8-11.
  • Surveying South Asia, 2008, De Souza Peter R., Suhas Palshikar and Yogendra Yadav, Journal of Democracy, Vol. 19, No. 1,  January, pp. 84-95; also published as The Fragility of Support to Democracy in South Asia, Diamond Larry and Marc Plattner (eds.) 2008, How People View Democracy, Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press; pp.89-101.
  • Of Democracy and Diversity, 2008, Seminar, January, No. 581, pp. 83-87
  • Beyond Uttar Pradesh: New implications for party politics, 2007; Economic and Political Weekly; Vol. 42, No. 21, May 26-June1, pp.1890-92.
  • Dalit Politics in the Nineties: Electoral Politics and Predicament before an Underprivileged Community; 2007; Indian Journal of Social Work, Vol. 68, No. 1, January, pp.101-129.
  • Shiv Sena’s Dilemmas, 2005, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 40, No. 49, 3 Dec. pp.5144-46
  • Maharashtra: Towards a New Party system (with Nitin Birmal), 2004, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 39, no. 51, December, 18, pp. 5467-5472
  • Participatory Norm: How Broad-based is it? (with Sanjay Kumar), 2004, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 39, no. 51, December, 18, pp.5412-17.
  • Majoritarian Middle Ground?, 2004, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 39,  no. 51, December, 18, pp. 5426-5430
  • Issues in an Issueless Election: Assembly Polls in Maharashtra, 2004, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 39, no. 40, October2-8, pp.4399-4403
  • Revisiting State Level Parties,2004,  Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.39, Nos. 14 &15, April 3 and 10, pp.1477-79
  • Shiv Sena: Tiger with Many Faces?, 2004; Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 39, Nos. 14 &15, April, 3 and 10, pp.1497-1507; also published in Peter R. De Souza and E. Sridharan (eds.), 2006, India’s Political Parties, Sage, New Delhi, pp. 253-280
  • From Hegemony to Convergence: Party System and Electoral Politics in the Indian States, 1952-2002, (co-author); 2003, Journal of Indian School of Political Economy, Vol. 15, Nos. 1 & 2,  pp.5-44; also published in Peter R. De Souza and E. Sridharan (eds.), 2006, India’s Political Parties, Sage, New Delhi, pp. 73-115.
  • Challenges Before the Congress System, (with Rajeshwari Deshpande), 2003, Journal of Indian School of Political Economy, Vol. 15, Nos. 1 & 2, January-June,  pp. 97-122.
  • Triangular Competition and Bipolar Politics in Maharashtra, Economic and Political  Weekly, Vol. 37, No. 13;  March 30- April 5, 2002, pp.1273-1280.
  • Electoral Competition and Structures of Domination in Maharashtra, (with Rajeshwari Deshpande), 1999, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 34, Nos. 34-35,  Aug. 21 & 28, pp. 2409-2422
  • Maharashtra: Manipulative Politics Continues, 1999, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 34, No. 13, March 27, pp. 743-745.
  • Gandhi-Ambedkar Interface: When shall the Twain Meet, 1996; Economic and Political weekly; Vol. 31, No. 31, August 3, pp. 2070-72.
  • Capturing the Moment of Realignment: Maharashtra Assembly Elections; 1996, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 31, Nos. 2 and 3; Jan. 13-20, pp. 174-178.
  • Maharashtra: Arrival of the Bahujan Idiom, 1994, Indian Journal of Political Science, IV.3, July-Sept. pp. 271-284.
  • Ambedkar's Socialism: 1990, Rajyashastra Patrika, Journal of Maharashtra Political Science Assn., Parbhani, pp. 11-23.
  • Sixth Lok Sabha Elections: Maharashtra; (co-author) 1983; ICSSR Research Abstract Quarterly, Vol. XXI, Nos. 1-2, Jan. June; pp. 61-74.
  • The Theory of Political Alienation : A Critical View; 1982; Indian Journal of Politics, Aligarh, Vol. XVI, Nos. 3-4, Sept. - Dec. ; pp. 175-85.
  • Politics of Absorption; 1981; Political Science Review, Jaipur, Vol. XXI, No. 4, Oct. - Dec.; pp. 1-20, (abstracted in International Political Science Abstracts, Paris, Vol. 34, No. 3, 1984.) Also published in Sunder Ram (ed.), 1996, Readings in the Indian Parliamentary Opposition, Vol. I, Delhi, Kanishka, pp. 241 - 261.
Marathi Academic Journals:
  • Rajakaranacha Bahusankhyakvadi tappa—2019 (ani 2014): Vishleshan choukaticha prashn, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, April-June, 2019, Vol. 57, No. 226, 3-13.
  • Congress-uttar kalatil sanrachanatmak kalatani denari nivadanuk, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, 52.206, April-June, 2014, pp. 4-14
  • Nishpattiche Saatatya pan Samajik Adharanchi Asthirta: Maharashtra Vidhansabha Nivadnuk, 2009, (with Rajeshwari Deshpande and Nitin Birmal) 2009, Samaj Prabodhan Patirka,Vol. 47, Nos. 187-188, July-December; pp. 411-420
  •  Lok Sabha Nivadnuk 2009---Vaishishtye, Karanparampara ani Sambhavya Parinam, 2009, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 186, April-June, pp. 178-186.
  • Garibana Bhukkad Suvidha Puravine Aaplya Lokshahila Kase Parwadte?, 2008, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 182, April-June, pp.125-28.
  • Rajkarnachi Vadpravanta ani Loksanghatanecha Prashna, 2008, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 181, Jan.-March, pp. 5-7.
  • Vigrahaviheen Pakshapadhaticha Uday?, 2007, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 180, Oct.-December; pp. 363-365.
  • Vargvaryanchya Rajkarnat Adakleli Lokshahi, 2007, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 178, April-June, pp. 123-25.
  • Bahuvidhatech Lekhajokha: Lokshahichi Mojpatti, 2007, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 179, July-Sept. 2007, pp. 243-46.
  • Rajkaranachya navya Rangmanchacha Uday, 2007, No. 177, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, January-March pp. 3-5.
  • Rajkaran Harwalele Rajkaran, 2006, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 176, October-December, pp.361-63.
  • Jatwadi Rajkaranache kay Zale? 2006, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 175, July-Sept., pp.241-43.
  • Jamaatwad: Parabhut ki Antarbhut? 2006, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 174, April-June, pp.122-24.
  • Arthik Wiwadanmagache Rajakiya Mudde, 2005, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 171, April-June, pp. 107-109.
  • Congress che Kay Karayache? 2004, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 167, April-June, pp. 87-102.
  • Ucchvarniyasathi Arakshan: Samajik Nyayavirudha che Safaidar Kasaikam, 2003, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 165, Oct.-Dec., pp.181-189
  • Marathiche Rajkaran Ka Fasate? , 2002, Bhasha ani Jeevan, Vol. 20, No.3, pp.32-47.
  • Samakaaleen Jatiwyavastha, 2002, Samaj Prabodhan Samstha, 2002, Jatisamstheceh Badalate Adhar,  Pune, 15-36 (Conference Proceedings)
  • Swayattata: Kashmirchya nimittane; Kashmirchya Palikade; 2000; Samaj Prabodhan Patrika No. 152, July-Sept. pp. 115-120.
  • Bharatiya Rajyaghatanecha Vikas, 2000, Vicharshalaka, Vol. 13, No.50-51 October 2000 & March, 2001   joint issue; pp.49-61.
  • Samakaleen Jativyavastha, 1999; Research Journal of Rayat Shikshan Samstha, July-Dec. pp.61-77.   
  • Aghadyanchya Rajkarnatil Khachkhalge, 1999, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No.147, April-June pp. 58-60.
  • Bharatiya Rajkaran: Varchaswakadun Dhurinatwakade? 1998; Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 143, April-June pp. 85-102.
  • Rajyshastra: Chikitsak Drishtikshep, 1996, Vicharshalaka, Vol. 9 No.35 Jan.-March, pp. 22-23.
  • Gandhi ani Ambedkaranchi Charchavishve: Shatrubhavi ki Maitrabhavi? 1995, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 130, Jan.-March pp. 8-13.
  • Atyachar ani Bhanang Rajakiya Arthavyavastha, 1994, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 128, July-Sept. pp. 199-202.
  • Acharya Javdekarancha Satyagrahi Samajvad, 1994, Vicharshalaka, Vol. 7 No. 27, Jan.-March, pp. 51-63.  Reprinted in Navbharat, Javdekar Special Issue, 1995, pp. 63-69.
  • Uttar Bharatatil Vidhan Sabha Nivadnuka, 1994, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 126, Jan.-March, pp. 20-23.
  • Samajik Shastratil Marathicha Agraha, (co-author), 1993; Rajyashastra Patrika, pp. 34-39.
  • Mandal Ayog: Sarvochcha Nyayalayacha Swagatarha Nirnay, 1993, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 122, Jan.-March pp. 49-54
  • Ambedkaranche Apaharan Kashasathi? 1992, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No. 120, July.-Sept., pp. 145-149.
  • Mandal Andolan ani Buddhijeevi, 1991, Vicharshalaka, Vol. 4 No. 15, Jan.-March pp. 145-149.
  • Navbrahmanetarvad ani Bahujan Vichar, 1991, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, No... 114, Jan.-March, pp. 30-37.
  • Marathitil Vaicharik Garatha, (with Rajendra Vora) 1988, Paramarsh, Vol. 10, No. 3, Nov. pp. 1-8.
  • Marathitun Rajyashastra; 1988, Bhasha ani Jeevan, Pune, Winter, pp. 3-16.
  • Kranti, Paramarsh, 1984, Vol. 5, No. 4, Feb. pp. 49-62.  Reprinted in Ram Bapat, (ed.), 1984, Karl Marx cha Vichar.
  • Kendra-Rajya Sambandha ani Swayattata, 1983, Navbharat, Vol. 37, nos. 2-3, Nov.-Dec., pp. 10-17.
  • Rajakiya Paratmabhav Mhanaje Kay? 1983, Navbharat, Wai, Vol. 36, No. 10, July, pp. 1-8.
  • Lok Pratinidhi - Prashasak Sambandh, 1982, Sthanik Swarajya, Journal of the All India Institute of Local Self Government, Bombay, Vol. 27, No. 2, Feb. pp. 25-31.

Articles in Edited Volumes


  • The Political Culture of ‘New’ India: Some Contradictions, in Niraja Gopal Jayal (ed.), Re-forming India, 2019, New Delhi, Penguin; 346-62.
  • Democracy in India, 2017. with Rajeshwari Deshpande) in Oxford Bibliographies in Hinduism. Ed. Tracy Coleman. New York: Oxford University Press, uploaded: September 2017;http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195399318/obo-9780195399318-0190.xml?rskey=jdglVb&result=24
  • Political Economy of a Dominant Caste (with Rajeshwari Deshpande) in R. Nagraj and S. Motiram (eds.), Political Economy of Contemporary India, 2017, Delhi, Cambridge University Press, 77-97.
  • Background Paper: Transformation and Social Cohesion in India, Bertelsman Stiftung, Germany.
  • w.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/en/publications/publication/did/transformation-and-social-cohesion-in-india/.
  • South Asia: An Arm’s-Length Embrace of Democracy, Sandeep Shastri, Reetika Syal, Suhas Palshikar and Shreya Sarawgi, in Denemark David, Robert Mattes and Richard Niemi (eds.), 2016, Growing Up Democratic:  Does It Make a Difference? Boulder, Colorado, Lynne Rienner; 105-124.
  • Maharashtra: Congress’ Dramatic Decline, (with Nitin Birmal) in Wallace Paul (ed.), 2015, India’s 2014 Elections: A Modi-led Sweep, New Delhi, Sage; pp. 284-301.
  • Politics of Maharashtra and Its Environment, in Dusan Deak and Daniel Jasper (eds.) 2014, Rethinking Western India: The Changing Contexts of Culture, Society and Religion, New Delhi, Orient Blackswan, pp. 237-250.
  • Introduction: Normalization of the ‘Post-Congress Polity’, (with K.C. Suri and Yogendra Yadav) 2014, in Palshikar, Suri and Yadav (eds.), 2014, Party Competition in Indian States, New Delhi, OUP; pp. 1-41.
  • Survival in the Midst of Decline: A Decade of Congress Rule in Maharashtra, 199-2009, (with Rajeshwari Deshpande and Nitin Birmal), in Palshikar, Suri and Yadav (eds.), Party Competition in Indian States, New Delhi, OUP; pp. 431-50.
  • Coalitions in Maharashtra: Political Fragmentation or Social reconfiguration? (with Nitin Birmal and Vivek Ghotale), 2014, in E. Sridharan (ed.) 2014, Coalition Politics in India: Select Issues at the Centre and the States, New Delhi, Academic Foundation, pp. 107-72. 
  • Election Studies, in Suri K.C. (ed.), 2013, Indian Democracy, ICSSR Research Surveys and Explorations, ( Political Science; Vol. II), New Delhi, OUP, pp. 161-208
  • Regional and Caste parties, in Kohli Atul and Prerna Singh ( eds.) 2013, Routledge Handbook of Indian Politics, Oxford & NY, Routledge, pp. 91-104.
  • Towards Radical Social Sciences: Lessons from D.R. Gadgil,  in Sulabha Brahme (ed.), 2011, The Indian Political Economy: Problems and Prospects—Selected Writings of D.R. Gadgil, New Delhi, OUP, pp. 409-424.
  • Political Economy of Humiliation: Tale of a Failed Strike, 2009, in Gopal Guru (ed.), 2009, Humiliation: Claims and Context, New Delhi, OUP, pp 163-78.
  • Maharashtra: Towards a New Party System (with Nitin Birmal), 2009 in Shastri Sandeep, K.C. Suri and Yogendra Yadav (eds.), 2009, Electoral Politics in Indian States: Lok Sabha Elections in 2004 and Beyond, New Delhi, OUP; pp.108-129
  • The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side…: Are we Becoming a Majoritarian Society? 2009, in Basrur Rajesh (ed.) Challenges to Democracy in India, New Delhi, OUP; pp. 248-270.
  • The Indian State: Constitution and Beyond, 2008, in Rajeev Bhargava (ed.), Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution, 2008, New Delhi, OUP, pp. 143-163.
  • An Enterprise called Faith? Tale of a Devsthan in Maharashtra, 2008, Naito M., I. Shima and H. Kotani, (eds.),  2008, Marga: Ways of Liberation, Empowerment and Social Change in Maharashtra, New Delhi, Manohar, pp. 357-382, (Co-author: Rajeshwari Deshpande)
  • Caste Politics Through the Prism of Region, 2006, in Vora Rajendra and Anne Feldhaus (eds.), 2006, Region, Culture and Politics in India, Manohar, New Delhi, pp. 271-98.
  • Maharashtra: Dalit Politics in Hindutva Trap, in Teltumbde Anand (ed.)  2005, Hindutva and Dalits, Samya, Kolkata, pp.208-223
  • Whose Democracy Are We Talking About? Hegemony and Democracy in India, in Rajendra Vora and Suhas Palshikar (eds.), 2004, Indian Democracy: Meanings and Practices, Sage, New Delhi, pp.127-164.
  • The Regional Parties and Democracy: Romantic Rendezvous or Localized Legitimation? 2003,  In Ajay K. Mehra, D.D. Khanna and Gert W. Kueck (eds.), 2003, Political Parties and Party Systems, New Delhi, Sage; pp. 306-35
  • Maharashtra: Fragmented Marathas Retain Power, (with and Nitin Birmal), 2003, in Paul Wallace and Ramashray Roy (eds.), 2003; India’s 1999 Elections and 20th Century Politics, New Delhi, , Sage; pp. 206-32.
  • Politics of India’s Middle Classes, in Imtiaz Ahmad and Helmut Reifeld (eds.), 2003, Middle Class Values in India and Western Europe, New Delhi, Social Science Press; pp. 171-193.
  • Politics of Locality, Community and Marginalization, 2003, (co-authored with Rajendra Vora), in Sujata Patel and Jim Masselos (eds.) 2003, Bombay and Mumbai: The City in Transition, Delhi, OUP; pp. 161-182.
  • Federalism in India: Institutional Framework and the Political Context; 2002, in Continuing Dialogues towards Constitutional Reforms in Indonesia, Report of a conference held in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 2001, International IDEA, Stockholm; pp. 189-200.
  • Gandhi and Modernity, in S.N. Datye (ed.), 2000, Rethinking Mahatma Gandhi, Delhi, Kalinga; pp.165-176.
  • Dalit Movement at Crossroads, 2000, Contribution to the Background Paper for UNDP Human Rights Report; prepared by Centre For Women’s  Development Studies, Delhi, 2000; compiled by Lotika Sarkar, Veena Mazumdar and S.P. Sathe.
  • Class, Caste and Ideology in Maharashtra, 1994, (co-authored with Rajendra Vora), in K. L. Sharma, (ed.), 1994, Caste and Class in India, Rawat, Jaipur, pp. 263-294.
  • Liberty, Equality and Fraternity in Ambedkar; 1993, in K. I. Vibhute (ed.), 1993, Dr. Ambedkar and Empowerment, Pune, University of Pune, pp. 37-54.
  • Neo-Hinduism: Case of Distorted Consciousness; (co-author), in Jayant Lele and Rajendra Vora (eds.), 1990, State and Society in India Delhi, Chanakya, pp. 213-243.

Marathi (Edited volumes):


  • Maratha Raajakaarnaachaa Loap? In Tukaram Jadhav, Vivek Ghotale et al (eds.), 2015, Maharashtraache Raajakaaran Navya Walanaavar? Pune, Unique Academy, 21-28.
  • Sthanik Rajakiy-Samajik Prakriyanche Vadhate Mahatva, Introduction to Ghotale Vivek and Datta Bhise, 2014, Latur Jilhyachi Rajakiy Prakriya, Pune, Unique Academy, pp. 1-9.
  • Rajyashastra: Ek Chikitsak Drushtikshep, in Prakash Pawar (ed), 2012,  Samakaleen Rajyashastra, Diamond, Pune, pp. 3-18
  • Samakaaleen Rajyashastra—Ek Chikitsak Drushtikshep, in Prakash Pawar, (ed), 2012, Samakaaleen Rajyashastra, Dimond Pune, pp. 19-36.
  • Prastavana (Introduction), Naxalwadache Avhan, Devendra Gawande, 2011, Pune, Sadhana, 13-23.
  • Khanderao, Adgal Awarat Ja Rao!, Anubhav, April, 2011, 20-29; also published in Hindu: Samruddhi ki Adgal? Deepak Kasale, Prabhakar Desai, Anil Jaybhaye and Balaji Gharule (eds.), 2016, Hariti, Pune, 276-95.
  • Bheem Shakti-Shivshakti: Dalit Rajakaranapudhil Pech, Kanta Abhay, Tukaram Jadhav and Surendra Jondhale (eds.), 2011,
  • Jat, Varga ani Samajik Nyay, 2007, Vilas Ransubhe (ed.), Bhartache Badalate Rajkaran, Lokvangmay, Mumbai, pp.72-89.
  • Shivsena, 2007 in Palshikar Suhas and Suhas Kulkarni (eds.), 2007, Maharashtratil Sattasangharsh, Samakaleen, Pune, pp. 76-104
  • Sthanik Shasansamsthanchya Nivadnuka ani Maharashtrache Rajkaran, 2004, in Palshikar Suhas and Nitin Birmal (eds.), 2004, Maharashtrache Rajkaran: Rajkiy Prakriyeche Sthanik Sandarbh, Pune, Pratima, pp.76-96.
  • Congresswarchaswachi Jadanghadan ani Padzad, in Palshikar Suhas and Nitin Birmal (eds.), 2004,  pp.16-46,
  • Maharashtrache Badalate Rajkaran: Congressvarchaswachi Jadanghadan ani Padzad, in B.L. Bhole and Kishor Bedkihal (eds.), 2003, Badalata Maharashtra, Satara, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Akademy, pp.21-38.
  • Parivartanachya Rajkaranapudhil Pech, in G.P. Pradhan (ed.), 2003, Avhananshi Sangharsh ani Parivartanachi Disha, Pune, Bhai Vaidya Felicitation Committee, pp.107-123.
  • Pradeshikta, Jat va Bharatiya Rajkaran,  in Prakash Bal and Kishor Bedkihal (eds.) 2002, Bharatiya Rajakiy  Vyavastha, Satara, Ambedkar Academy, pp.97-127.
  • Uthal Adhuniktemage Dadlela Sanantanwad: Vishnubawa Brahmachari, 2000, in Rajendra Vora (ed.) 2000; Adhunikta ani Parampara, Pune; Pratima Prakashan, pp.154-182.
  • Lohia ani Lohiavad, 1995, in Marathi Vishvakosh, Vol. 15, pp. 850-851.
  • Lok Prashasan, 1995, in Marathi Vishvakosh, Vol. 15, pp. 702-707.
  • Lenin ani Leninvad, 1995, in Marathi Vishvakosh, Wai, Vol. 15, pp. 621-624.
  • Bhandvalshahi Rajkaranachi Apuri Chikitsa: Arun Sadhunchya Kadambrya, 1995, in H. S. Sane (ed.) 1995, Sahitya ani Samajik Shastra: Antasambandha, Pune, Pratima, pp. 181-196.
  • Swatantrya, Samata, Bandhubhav; 1993, in Ambedkar Gourav Grantha, Maharashtra Sahitya ani Sanskriti Mandal, Bombay, pp. 87-97.
  • Go. Ma. Joshi : Adhunik Sanatanwad ; 1988, in Y. M. Sumant and D. D. Punde, (eds.), 1988, Maharashtratil Jatisamsthavishayak Vichar, Pune, Pratima, pp. 239-253.





  • Reading India: Selections from Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 3: 191-2017; Edited by Pulapre Balakrishnan, Suhas Palshikar and Nandini Sundar, 2019, Orient Blackswan, Hyderabad.
  • Indian Democracy, 2017, OISI Series, OUP, New Delhi.
  • Electoral Politics in India: Resurgence of Bharatiya Janata Party, London & New York, Routledge, 2017 (South Asia Edition), Editors: Suhas Palshikar, Sanjay Kumar & Sanjay Lodha
  • Party Competition in Indian States: Electoral Politics in Post-Congress Polity, Suhas Palshikar, K.C. Suri and Yogendra Yadav (eds.), 2014, New Delhi, OUP.
  • State of Democracy in South Asia, 2008, with Yogendra Yadav, Peter de Souza, et al, New Delhi, OUP.
  • Indian Democracy: Meanings and Practices, 2004, New Delhi, Sage, (co-edited with Rajendra Vora).




  • Desh-Pradesh: Pradeshik Rajakaranachya Badalatya Disha, 2014 (2015; 2nd Edition), Pune, Unique Academy.
  • Raajakaaranaach Taaleband: Bharatiy Lokashahichi Vaatachaal, 2013, Pune, Sadhana.
  • Lokshahi: Arth ani Vyavahar, Dec. 2010, (ed. With Rajendra Vora), Marathi Translation by Chitra Lele, Pune, Diamond.
  • Lokshahi Zindabad, August 2010, (ed. with Yogendra Yadav and Peter R. De Souza), Pune, Samakaaleen Prakashan.
  • Bharatatil Pradeshik Pakshanche Rajkaran, 2009, (ed.), Pune,  Sadhana.
  • Maharashtratil Sattasangharsh, 2007, (Edited with Suhas Kulkarni), Pune, Samakaaleen Prakashan.
  • Jamatwad, Dharmanirapekshata ani Lokshahi, 2006, Pune, Pratima.
  • Samakaleen Bharatiya Rajkaran, 2004, Pune, Pratima Prakashan.
  • Maharashtrache Rajakaran: Rajakiy Prakriyeche Sthanik Sandarbh,, 2004, Pune, Pratima Prakashan, (co-edited with Nitin Birmal) 2nd edition: 2007; 3rd edition: 2009.
  • Jat ani Maharashtratil Sattakaran, 1998, Pune. Sugava, (2nd edition, 2003).
  • Shiv Sena: Nim-fascist Mohinividyecha Prayog, (booklet in Marathi), 1996, Satara, Ambedkar Academy.
  • Maharashtratil Sattantar, 1996, co-author, Bombay, Granthali.
  • Satyagrahi Samajvad: Acharya Javdekar Nivadak Lekh Sangraha, 1994, Bombay, Sahitya Sanskriti Mandal, Govt. of Maharashtra.
  • Ambedkaranche Hindukaran, (booklet in Marathi) 1994, Satara, Ambedkar Academy.
  • Ambedkaranchya Vicharacha Ashay, (booklet in Marathi), 1991, Ichalkaranji, Samajvadi Prabodhini.
  • Rajyashastra Kosh, (An encyclopaedic dictionary of Politics), 1987, Marathi, (Co-editor and author), Pune, Dastane Ramchandra Co.


REPORTS and Occasional papers


  • Changing Social Bases of Political Parties in India: Case of Maharashtra, (with Rajeshwari Deshpande), Report of the project supported by CSSH, SPPU, 2015
  • Reimagining Maharashtra: Towards Creative Politics, Draft submitted to the Committee on Regional Imbalances, Planning Dept., GoM, Feb 2013
  • Electoral Democracy and structures of Domination: A Study of Assembly Elections in Maharashtra-2009, Report submitted (Nov. 2011) to the UGC for the Major research project.
  • Comparative study of State politics in India, report submitted (November 2011) to BCUD, University of Pune for the BCUD Project.
  • Review of Election Studies (1977-2010), Report submitted to ICSSR; July2011.
  • Coalitions in Maharashtra: Political fragmentation or Social reconfiguration? (with Nitin Birmal and Vivek Ghotale), 2010, CAS Occasional Paper Series No. 4, Pune, Dept. of Politics & Public Administration, University of Pune.
  • Intergenerational Occupational Mobility among caste groups, 2008, with Rajeshwari Deshpande, Occasional Paper published under the CSSH, University of Pune, Pune.
  • Mandal nantarchya kalkhandatil Jat ani Rajkaran, 2007, Presidential Speech, 24th Maharashtra State Political Science Conference, Dhule February.
  • Indian State: Constitution and Beyond, 2005, Occasional Paper series III, No. 3, Pune, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Pune,
  • Politics of Marginalized Groups, (Monograph), 2000, Report submitted to the UGC (Major Research Project).
  • Shiv Sena: An Assessment, 1999, Occasional Paper Series II, No. 3, (SAP), Pune, Dept. of Politics and Public Admn. University of Pune.
  • Maharashtra: Electoral Competition and Structures of Domination, 1999, Occasional Paper Series II (SAP), No. 1, Pune, Dept. of Politics and Public Admn. University of Pune.
  • Search For Community: From Liberalism to Dhamma, 1994, Occasional Paper No. 2, (SAP), Pune, Dept. of Politics and Public Admin., University of Pune.
  • Sixth Lok Sabha Elections - Maharashtra, 1982, (Monograph), Co-author, Report submitted to the ICSSR.




  • Bharatachya Rajkaranacha Taleband, 2009, Marathi Reading Material Series, No. 1, Pune, CAS Marathi Reading Maerial Series, Dept of Politics & Pub. Admin., University of Pune
  • Samakaleen Bharatiy Rajkaranache Vishleshan, 2009, Marathi Reading Material Series, No. 2, Pune, CAS Marathi Reading Maerial Series, Dept of Politics & Pub. Admin., University of Pune
  • Muslim Rajkaranachya Watchalipudhchi Avhane, 2009, Marathi Reading Material Series, No. 3, Pune, CAS Marathi Reading Maerial Series, Dept of Politics & Pub. Admin., University of Pune
  • Rajakiya Kranti in N. R. Inamdar and A. K. Vakil, (eds.) 1984, Adhunik Rajakiya Vishleshan, Pune, Shubhada Saraswat, pp. 336-358.
  • Rajakiya Vikas ani Adhunikibhavan, Inamdar-Vakil, (eds.) pp. 305-335
  • Course book on Ambedkar for IGNOU, Delhi.
  • Five course books on Indian Politics for YCMOU, Nasik.
  • Contributed to six course books prepared by Distance Education Centre, University of Pune.
  • Marathi Text book on American Government for undergraduates.
  • Co-author for std. VII Civics textbook for The Text Book Bureau of Maharashtra Government.



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