Democracy and Poverty in India
India presents us with a paradox of the co-existence of democracy and
poverty, specifically the continued existence of electoral democracy
with popular participation along with mass poverty. The paradox is not
trivial: we have good reasons to be surprised about it. Making sense of
this paradox takes us to the explanatory framework that may shed light
on the mechanism that makes this paradoxical co-existence possible. The
framework may also enable us to do a little more: understand the changes
over time and differences across the various states in the relationship
of democracy with poverty.
Yogendra Yadav is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for
the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi since 2004. Currently
he is a Fellow at Institute of Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) at
Berlin for the year 2009-2010.
Professor Yadav's areas of interests include democratic theory,
election studies, survey research, political theory, modern Indian
political thought and Indian socialism. He has co-authored State of
Democracy in South Asia (OUP, 2008) and co-edited (with Sandeep Shastri
and K C Suri) Electoral Politics in Indian States (OUP, 2009). He has
also co-authored (with Alfred Stepan and Juan Linz) Democraccy in
Multi-national Societies, due for publication in 2010 from John Hopkins
University Press. He has been involved in designing and coordinating the
National Election Studies, the most comprehensive series of academic
surveys of the Indian electorate, from 1996 to 2009.
In 2008 Professor Yadav was awarded the Malcom Adishesiah Award for
contribution to development studies. In 2009 the International Political
Science Association honoured Professor Yogendra Yadav with the first
Global South Solidarity Award "in recognition of outstanding work on the
politics of the developing world".