Rahul Mukherji How Does India Achieve Change in Its Policies?

Rahul Mukherji is Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University. Some of his previous affiliations include the University of Singapore and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Furthermore, he has undertaken research at Columbia University and City University New York and the Australian National University, Canberra. He is specialized in comparative politics, international relations and governance in South Asia. Twice, he has won the Award for Research Excellence of the National University Singapore.

Area of Research

Comparative Politics, International Relations, Governance, South Asia

since 2017

Deputy Director

Heidelberg University (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

South Asia Institute

since 2016

Professor and Head

Heidelberg University (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute

2008-2016

Associate Professor

National University of Singapore

Institute of South Asian Studies

2014-2015

Honorary Senior Fellow / Head of Research

National University of Singapore

Institute of South Asian Studies

2006-2008

Associate Professor

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Centre for Political Studies

2004-2004

Associate, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

Columbia University, New York

2003-2006

Assistant Professor

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Centre for Political Studies

2001-2003

Fellow

Rajiv Gandhi Foundaton, New Delhi

1999-2001

Assistant Research Professor

Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

since 1999

Visiting Lecturer

University of Vermont

Department of Political Science

1999

PhD

Columbia University, New York

Department of Political Science

1992

Master of Philosophy

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

School of International Studies

1990

Master of Arts

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

School of International Studies

1988

Bachelor of Arts

Delhi University

Depatment of Economics

Prizes

- National University of Singapore Award for Research Excellence (2012, 2014)

- NUS Award for Research Excellence, Office of Deputy President (Research and Technology) (2012, 2014)

Fellowships

- Visiting Fellow, Australia South Asia Research Centre - Economics Division, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra (2002)

- President’s Fellow, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences - Columbia University, New York (1997-1999)

India has been known to be a state that never changes. Since the 1980s, and especially after the 1990s, however, India’s growth trajectory has begun to evolve and change from its static status quo. RAHUL MUKHERJI has investigated the reasons for this change, as he explains in this video. For this, he looked at historical processes and compared processes that have achieved successful change to processes that have failed to achieve change. He found that India performs despite its slow developments in policies because they gradually achieve a consensus among political and social actors. Once this critical mass of ideas has been reached, changes in policies occur, for instance in the area of welfare policies, such as the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10531

Is India a Developmental State?

  • Rahul Mukherji
  • The Asian Developmental State: Reexaminations and New Departures
  • Published in 2016
Rahul Mukherji. "Is India a Developmental State?" In The Asian Developmental State: Reexaminations and New Departures, edited by Yin-wah Chu. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016: 217-236.

Governance Reform in a Weak State: Thirty Years of Indian Experience

  • Rahul Mukherji
  • Governance
  • Published in 2016
Rahul Mukherji. "Governance Reform in a Weak State: Thirty Years of Indian Experience." Governance (2016): 1-6.

Globalization and Deregulation: Ideas, Interests, and Institutional Change in India

  • Rahul Mukherji
  • Published in 2014
Rahul Mukherji. Globalization and Deregulation: Ideas, Interests, and Institutional Change in India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Political Economy of Reforms in India: Oxford India Short Introductions

  • Rahul Mukherji
  • Oxford India Short Introduction
  • Published in 2014
Rahul Mukherji. Political Economy of Reforms in India: Oxford India Short Introductions. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Bureaucratic Rationality, Political Will and State Capacity: The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Andhra Pradesh

  • Rahul Mukherji and Himanshu Jha
  • Submitted
Rahul Mukherji and Himanshu Jha. "Bureaucratic Rationality, Political Will and State Capacity: The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Andhra Pradesh." Unpublished. Submitted.