DPhil in Politics
Research Interests: Political economy of development and comparative politics.
Welcome — I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at University of Oxford, United Kingdom since Oct, 2016. I am affiliated with Nuffield College and also a visiting PhD at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
My research interests lie in the political economy of development and comparative politics, with a regional focus on South Asia. In my dissertation, I examine how intra-party politics shapes bureaucratic capacity and public goods provisions using newer large-N data in the context of India. Towards this, I combine intensive fieldwork (elite interviews) with large-N quantitative analysis, and a conjoint survey experiment.
On the side, I am collecting more data/ working towards a book project that examines how new parties organise in clientelistic contexts : by studying the unusual and fast paced rise of an urban anti-corruption party, the AAP, in India; this research is based on my master's thesis and builds on my several years of fieldwork and engagement with the AAP in Delhi, since its formation.
I am also interested in questions of democratic accountability, state capacity and corruption, that I explore through several ongoing working papers.