Research

Book

2016. Democratization from Above: The Logic of Local Democracy in the Developing World, Cambridge University Press.

Articles and Book Chapters

Targeting Ordinary Voters or Political Elites?: Why Pork is Distributed Along Partisan Lines in India” American Journal of Political Science, July 2018, 62(4), 796-812. [Author Summary]

“Development or Rent-Seeking? How Political Influence Shapes Public Works Provision in India“, British Journal of Political Science, Forthcoming.

Press Mentions: LiveMint, The Hindu: Business Line

Critical Dialogue “Democracy Protests: Origins, Significance and Consequences” by Dawn Brancati and “Democratization from Above: The Logic of Local Democracy in the Developing World” by Anjali Thomas BohlkenPerspectives on Politics, Volume 15, Issue 4, December 2017 , pp. 1092-1093.

Coups, Elections and the Predatory State“, Journal of Theoretical Politics 22 (2), April 2010.

Economic growth and ethnic violence: An empirical investigation of Hindu–Muslim riots in India” Journal of Peace Research, 47(5), August 2010 (with Ernest Sergenti)

            Press Mentions: The Guardian, Wall Street Journal blog and Vox

“The origins of parliamentary responsibility” in Tom Ginsburg (ed.) Comparative Constitutional Design, New York: Cambridge University Press (with Adam Przeworski and Tamar Asadurian), April 2012

“Dynasty and Paths to Power” in Kanchan Chandra (ed.) Democratic Dynasties: State, Party and Political Families in India, New York: Cambridge University Press. April 2016.

Projects In Progress

Getting on the Grid: The Politics of Public Service Formalization in Urban India (with Nikhar Gaikwad and Gareth Nellis). Field Experiment funded by EGAP.

Electing Women in Ethnically Divided Societies: The Case of Bihar, India (with Arindam Banerjee, Sayan Banerjee and Charles Hankla). Funded by the IGC.

How Electoral Cycles Shape the Implementation of Public Programs: Evidence from India (with Jonathan Darsey). Discussed on: I4I: Ideas for India

Consumer Behavior, Efficiency and Sustainability in India’s Power Sector (with Usha Nair-Reichert). Funded by the Strategic Energy Institute.

Other Writing

She wins: Electing women in ethnically divided societies. Ideas for India: for more evidence-based policy (with Arindam Banerjee, Sayan Banerjee, and Charles Hankla.). International Growth Centre, UK.

Review of “Decentralized Governance and Accountability: Academic Research and the Future of Donor Programming. Edited by Jonathan A. Rodden and Erik Wibbels. Perspectives on Politics, 2020, 18(2), 656-658.

Electoral cycles and incomplete public works projects: An analysis of the MPLAD schemeIdeas for India: for more evidence-based policy. (with Jonathan Darsey). International Growth Centre, UK.

How Politics Shapes Road Provision in IndiaIndia in Transition published by the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) of the University of Pennsylvania (Also reprinted in The Hindu: Business Line).

The World’s Largest Democracy Votes: India’s 2014 Elections, Canada-Asia Agenda Series, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada