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SARI: Social Attitudes Research for India

UPIASI is partnering with r.i.c.e., a research institute for compassionate economics, to carry out SARI, a first-of-its-kind phone survey about social attitudes in India. Inspired by a growing body of research that shows both changing and enduring social attitudes about caste membership, religious group identity, and women’s issues, this phone survey will ask a representative group of respondents in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh their opinions on questions of public and private importance with respect to Dalits, Muslims, and women.  We will also attempt to measure perceptions of discrimination faced by members of these groups.

Many of our questions build on the social attitudes research pioneered by the General Social Survey in the United States, which has studied changing attitudes about race and gender issues for decades. Although the SARI phone survey is initially planned to be representative of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, we hope to gain the experience needed in these two regions to expand the survey to other states and cities, which would allow for cross-regional comparison.

Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) Author Pack [Read More]

E. Sridharan, ed., International Relations Theory and South Asia: Security, Political Economy, Domestic Politics, Identities and Images, Vol. I, Oxford University Press, 2011.

E. Sridharan, ed., International Relations Theory and South Asia: Security, Political Economy, Domestic Politics, Identities and Images, Vol. II, Oxford University Press, 2011.

E. Sridharan, ed., Coalition Politics and Democratic Consolidation in Asia, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.


Works published in 2017:

Sridharan, E., “Middle Class Votes for BJP” in Suhas Palshikar, Sanjay Kumar and Sanjay Lodha, eds., Electoral Politics in India: Resurgence of the Bharatiya Janata Party, New Delhi: Routledge, 2017.

Sridharan, E. and Milan Vaishnav, “Election Commission of India”, in Devesh Kapur, Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Milan Vaishnav eds. Rethinking Public Institutions in India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Farooqui, Adnan and E. Sridharan, “Uttar Pradesh Elections 2017: Failure of Pre-Electoral Coalition”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. LII, No. 15, 16-19. [PDF]

"Where is India Headed? Possible Future Directions in Indian Foreign Policy," by E. Sridharan. International Affairs, 2017 [PDF]

Works published in 2016:

"Can Umbrella Parties Survive? The Decline of the Indian National Congress," by Adnan Farooqui & E. Sridharan. Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, July 26, 2016 [PDF]

“India,” by Eswaran Sridharan and Milan Vaishnav, in Pippa Norris & Andrea Abel van Es (eds.), Checkbook Elections? Political Finance in Comparative Perspective, New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. [PDF]

“Indo-Sri Lanka Relations: Geopolitics, Domestic Politics or Something More Complex?” by E. Sridharan, in Sumit Ganguly, ed., Engaging the World: Indian Foreign Policy Since 1947, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Works published in 2015:

“Rising or Constrained Power?” by E. Sridharan, in David Malone, C. Raja Mohan and Srinath Raghavan, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Indian Foreign Policy, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2015.

"The Resilience of Briefcase Politics," E. Sridharan and Milan Vaishnav. The Indian Express. February 4, 2015 [Read More]

Works published in 2014:

Coalition Politics in India: Selected Issues at the Centre and the States
This book is edited by E. Sridharan and has a distinguished list of political scientists as contributors. It consists of an overview essay by Sridharan and a chapter by him on multi-party minority governments at the Centre, a chapter by K. K. Kailash on competition and coalitions at the national level, five state chapters by state specialists on coalition politics in West Bengal, Kerala, Bihar, Punjab and Maharashtra over the past few decades, and a wrap-up concluding chapter by Sridharan. In short, it covers the past few decades at the Centre and the states and contains a wealth of electoral and political information; although it does not include the results of the just-concluded 2014 election, the book remains extremely topical and relevant as what India has is still an NDA coalition at the national level, despite a BJP majority, and diverse governments in the States, and hence the problems of coalition management and power-sharing remain live issues at the Centre and the States. [Read More]

Adnan Farooqui, Jamia Millia Islamia and UPIASI, and E. Sridharan, UPIASI, “Is the Coalition Era over in Indian Politics?” The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, December 2014 [PDF]

E. Sridharan, "India's Watershed Vote: Behind Modi's Victory," Journal of Democracy, Vol. 25, No. 4, October 2014 [PDF]

E. Sridharan, “Class Voting in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections: The Growing Size and Importance of the Middle Classes,” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLIX, No. 39, September 27, 2014, pp. 72-76. [PDF]

E. Sridharan, “The Political Context of Economic Cooperation in Asia: The Relation between Trade Integration and Security Rivalries,” Millenial Asia, 5(2), 2014, pp. 129-136. [PDF]

E. Sridharan, "The Emerging Foreign Assistance Policies of India and China: India as a Development Partner," 2014. (IDRC-funded project, “Foreign Assistance Policies of India and China”) [PDF]

Lan Xue, "China's Foreign Aid Policy and Architecture," Final Technical Report, 2014. (IDRC-funded project, “Foreign Assistance Policies of India and China”) [PDF]

“Pre-electoral Coalitions in 2014”, by E. Sridharan
Guest article in the University of Nottingham, Indian Election Blog, April 7, 2014.
It analyses the state of play, with tables, in the crafting of pre-election coalitions, state by state, at the start of the current Indian election. [View]

E. Sridharan, "India: Democracy and Corruption," Democracy Works. Conference Paper. 2014 [PDF]

Adnan Farooqui and E. Sridharan, “Incumbency, Internal Processes and Renomination in Indian parties,” Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Vol. 52, No. 1, 2014 [PDF]

Works published in 2013:

Sumit Ganguly and Eswaran Sridharan, “The End of India’s Sovereignty Hawks?” Foreign Policy, November 15, 2013 [View Article]

E. Sridharan, “Reforming Campaign Finance to Tackle Corruption in India: Possible Options from the International Experience,” in Samuel Paul, ed., Fighting Corruption, New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2013.

E. Sridharan, “Do the Major National Parties Function Federally?” in Ajay K. Mehra, ed., Party Politics in India: Emerging Trajectories, New Delhi: Lancer Publications, 2013.

E. Sridharan, “Coalition Strategies and the BJP’s Expansion, 1989-2004," in Sudha Pai, ed., Handbook on Politics in the Indian States: Regions, Parties and Economic Reforms, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013.

"Drift and Confusion Reign in Indian Politics," Eswaran Sridharan. Current History. April 2013 [PDF]

Works published in 2012:

Coalition Politics and Democratic Consolidation in Asia, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012, edited by E. Sridharan [View Flyer]

"Reforming India's Party Financing and Election Expenditure Laws," M.V. Rajeev Gowda and E. Sridharan. Election Law Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2. 2012 [PDF]

"The Costs of Democracy," M. V. Rajeev Gowda and E. Sridharan. Indian Express. July 19, 2012 [View Article]

"Why Are Multi-Party Minority Governments Viable in India? Theory and Comparison," E. Sridharan. Commonweath & Comparative Politics. Vol. 50, No. 3, July 2012 [PDF]


Works published up to 2011:

E. Sridharan, ed., International Relations Theory and South Asia: Security, Political Economy, Domestic Politics, Identities, and Images, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011. [View Flyer]

The following books were published earlier:

E. Sridharan, ed., The India-Pakistan Nuclear Relationship: Theories of Deterrence and International Relations, New Delhi: Routledge, 2007 and Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2007.

K. Shankar Bajpai, ed., Democracy and Diversity: India and the American Experience, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Peter Ronald deSouza and E. Sridharan, eds., India’s Political Parties, New Delhi: Sage, 2006.

Anthony D’Costa and E. Sridharan, eds., India in the Global Software Industry: Innovation, Firm Strategies and Development, London: Palgrave Macmillan, and New Delhi: Macmillan India, 2004.

Zoya Hasan, E. Sridharan and R. Sudarshan, eds., India’s Living Constitution: Ideas, Practices, Controversies, New Delhi: Permanent Black, New Delhi, 2002 (hardback), 2004 (paperback); London: Anthem Press, 2005 (hardback, paperback).

A special issue of the scholarly journal, India Review, guest edited by E. Sridharan, was published in April 2005. The issue includes five essays on deterrence theory, international relations theory and the India-Pakistan conflict.

A special issue of the Sage journal, Science, Technology and Society, Vol. 7, No. 1, (January-June 2002), guest edited by E. Sridharan was published in 2002, and included five essays on the Indian IT industry. 

UPIASI commissioned Dr. G. Balachandran, an expert on security studies, to carry out a project on Indo-US relations and export controls on dual-use technologies to India. The research was funded by a grant from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. A draft paper on policy options on the export of dual-purpose technologies to India from the US was submitted to the MEA in May 2005.

The Bridges to the Future Initiative is a project on literacy research and innovation in India. UPIASI was awarded a subcontract by the International Literacy Institute of the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education to administer the research carried out in India. A package of 12 lessons on 6 CDs in Telugu language for self-learning by dropout children was developed in cooperation with the Andhra Pradesh Department of Education, and handed over in January 2007.