The limitations of Democratic Representation in India - The case of Muslims, Women and the Scheduled Castes: ISAS Faculty Workshop led by Prof. Jennifer Bussell

Workshop | October 16 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Gilles Verniers, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashoka University; Christophe Jaffrelot, Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's India Institute, and Research Director at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

 Jennifer Bussell, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

What is the status of political representation in India's democracy? Despite decades of successful democratic practice, descriptive representation among elected officials in India is still limited along multiple dimensions. In this workshop, Christophe Jaffrelot and Gilles Vernier will consider the implications of this representational gap for the status of women, scheduled castes, and Muslims. Drawing on a unique dataset tracking the demographic and social backgrounds of India's state and national legislators, as well as other empirical materials, the presenters will offer insights into the ways in which those in India's elected offices can, do, and do not effectively represent their constituents.


12:40 pm: Jennifer Bussell: Welcome
12:45 pm: Christophe Jaffrelot: Marginalising the Muslims in Indian politics
1:10 pm: Gilles Verniers: India’s missing politicians. The under-representation of women in Indian State Assemblies
1:30 pm: Q&A
2 pm: Reception

Presenter Bios
Christophe Jaffrelot is Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's India Institute, and Research Director at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). He also teaches South Asian politics and history at Sciences Po (Paris) and is an Overseas Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was Director of CERI (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales) at Sciences Po, between 2000 and 2008. His research interests include: theories of nationalism and democracy; mobilization of the lower castes and untouchables in India; Hindu nationalist movement; ethnic conflicts in Pakistan; the Dargah culture (with special reference to Ajmer sharif as a shared sacred space) and the relations between businessmen and politicians in India (with special reference to Gujaratis).

Gilles Verniers is Assistant Professor of Political Sciences at Ashoka University, Director of the Trivedi Centre for Political Data, which he founded, and a Research Associate at the Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi. His research focuses on the study of India’s political class, matters of political representation, and the intersections between electoral politics and local and state governance in India. He is a regular contributor to the Indian Express’ oped pages. He is based in New Delhi since 2005.

Jennifer Bussell is a political scientist with an interest in comparative politics and the political economy of development and governance, principally in South Asia and Africa. Her research considers the effects of formal and informal institutions—such as corruption, coalition politics, and federalism—on policy outcomes. Her book Corruption and Reform In India: Public Services in the Digital Age (Cambridge University Press) examines the role of corrupt practices in shaping government adoption of information technology across sub-national regions and is based on fieldwork in sixteen Indian states, as well as parts of South Africa and Brazil. Her current research uses elite and citizen surveys, interviews, and experiments to further explore the dynamics of corruption and citizen-state relations as they relate to public service delivery in democratic states. She also studies the politics of disaster management policies in developing countries. Her work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Quarterly, and Economic and Political Weekly. Prior to joining the Goldman School, she taught in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Read more about Prof. Bussell HERE

Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

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