Conference on the Political Economy of Contemporary India

(Sponsored by IGIDR, King’s College London, and ICSSR)

 January 9-10, 2017

Venue: Seanza Conference Room, IGIDR, Mumbai


Important information for participants: Click here 


Organizing Committee: R. Nagaraj and Sripad Motiram 


Conference Secretariat: 

Ms. Jayshree Borkar. Tel: +91-22-28416586. E-mail:


Conference Schedule

Day 1: January 9, 2017

8.30-9.00A.M.                   Registration

9:00-9-15 A.M.                  Inaugural address by S. Mahendra Dev, Director, IGIDR, Mumbai.

9:15-9:30 A.M.                  Discussion of the previous edition of the conference which resulted in the edited volume Political Economy of Contemporary India

9.30-10:15A.M.                Key Note address by Pranab Bardhan (University of California, Berkeley):"Some General Reflections on Indian Political Economy".

Chair: S. Mahendra Dev (IGIDR)

10:15-10.30 A.M. Tea break

10.30 A.M.-1.00 P.M.   Session I: Macroeconomic Issues, Employment, and Skill Development

Chair: Christophe Jaffrelot (Sciences Po, Paris and King’s College London)

1. Louise Tillin (King’s College London): “Subnational Welfare Capitalism: Regime Clusters and Social Policy in India” [Abstract] [Full text]


Discussant: Rina Agarwala (John Hopkins University)

2. R Nagaraj (IGIDR): “Employment Boom in Construction: A Tentative Explanation”

 [Abstract] [Full text]

Discussant: Ravi Srivastava (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

3. Sunil Mitra Kumar (King’s College London): Title TBA   [Abstract] [Full text]

Discussant: Sripad Motiram (University of Massachusetts, Boston and IGIDR)

1:00-2:00 P.M. Lunch Break

2.00-4.30 P.M.                  Session II: Caste and Employment I

Chair: Arindam Banerjee (Ambedkar University, Delhi)

4. Ashwini Deshpande (Delhi School of Economics): TBA [Abstract] [Full text]

Discussant: Amrita Dhillon (King’s College London)

5. Kalaiyarasan A. (Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi): “Mapping the Discourse from Domination to Deprivation: A Case Study of Jats”               [Abstract] [Full text]

Discussant: Christophe Jaffrelot (Sciences Po, Paris and King’s College London)

6. Amrita Dhillon (King’s College London): “Social identity and productivity: Evidence from India’s garment industry and a quasi-lab-field experiment”             [Abstract] [Full text]

Discussant:  Ashwini Deshpande (Delhi School of Economics)

7.30 P.M. Director’s Dinner

Day 2: January 10, 2017

9.30–10.15 A.M.               Keynote Address by C. Ram Manohar Reddy (Public Editor, “Missing from Demonetisation: Silence on Money in Elections, Politics as Business”.

Chair: M.H. Suryanarayana (IGIDR)

10-15-10-30 A.M. Tea Break

10.30 A.M.-11.20 P.M.    Session I: Caste and employment II

Chair: Loraine Kennedy (EHESS, Paris)

7. Christophe Jafferlot (Sciences Po, Paris and King’s College London): “Quota for Patels?

The neo-middle class syndrome and the return of caste politics in Gujarat” [Abstract] [Full text]

Discussant: Satish Deshpande (Delhi University)

11.20-11.30 A.M. Tea Break

11.30-1:10 P.M. Session II: Urban issues and urban governance I

Chair: Arindam Banerjee (Arindam Banerjee (Ambedkar University, Delhi)

10. Sripad Motiram (IGIDR, Mumbai, and University of Massachusetts, Boston): “Caste and Space in Indian Cities: Evidence from Hyderabad and Mumbai”

[Abstract] [Full text]

Discussant: Adam Auerbach (American University)

11.  Loraine Kennedy (EHESS, Paris): “The Politics of Making Greater Hyderabad Metropolitan Scale-Building and Local Government Capacity[Abstract] [Full text]

Discussant Vamsi Vakulabharanam (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

1.10-2.15 P.M. Lunch Break

2.15-4.45 P.M.                  Topic 3: Urban issues and urban governance II

Chair: Sudha Narayanan (IGIDR)

12. Yue Zhang (University of Illinois at Chicago): “Building a Slum-Free Mumbai? Inequality, Informality, and Governance in Urban India” [Abstract] [Full text]

Discussant: Amita Bhide,JISS (Mumbai)

13. Adam Auerbach (American University, Washington): “Who do Slum Leaders Serve? Experimental Evidence from Urban India” [Abstract] [Full text]

Discussant: Yue Zheng (University of Illinois, Chicago)

14. Tariq Tatchil (Vanderbilt University): “"Do Rural Migrants Divide Ethnically in the City? Ethnographic and Experimental Evidence from India" [Abstract] [Full text]

Discussant: Sripad Motiram (IGIDR, Mumbai, and University of Massachusetts, Boston)

5.30-5.45P.M. Vote of Thanks