Book Project

“Capturing Institutional Change: Case of Right to Information Act in India”, (Under review with the Oxford University Press)

This proposed book seeks to examine the process of institutional change through the lenses of transformation in the ‘information regime’ in India by tracing the passage of the Right to Information Act (RTIA) 2005. The book captures the why and how of institutional change by examining three central questions, 1. What explains the institutional change? 2. How did the institutional change occur? And 3. What is the extent and reach of institutional change? It contributes conceptually to the emerging literature on institutional change by presenting a nuanced perspective on the evolution of the RTIA narrative by highlighting the socio-political processes contributing towards both theory and the policy (RTIA).


Peer Reviewed Articles

“Untangling Global-Local Linkages: The Case of the Right to Information Act in India”, India Review, Special Issue: Globalization and Governance in India Guest Editors: Jivanta Schottli and Himanshu Jha, Volume 18 Number 1,( January–February 2019)PDF

“State Processes, Ideas, and Institutional Change: The Case of the Right to Information Act in India”, Pacific Affairs Volume 91 (2) (June 2018)PDF

“Institutional Progression of the Right to Information Act: Emerging Politics of Accountability” (Special Article), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 53, Issue No. 10, (March 2018) PDF

“Bureaucratic Rationality, Political Will and State Capacity: MGNREGS in Undivided Andhra Pradesh” (Special Article With Rahul Mukherji), Economic and Political Weekly, Volume LII (49) (December 2017) PDF

“Policy Impact on Institutions of Federal Financial Transfers in Australia and India”, Indian Journal of Public Administration Volume 50 (3), Special Number on “Management of Central and State Finances: Present Status and Future Prospects”, July –October 2004. PDF

“Institutions of Intergovernmental Relations in the Federal Framework of Australia and India”, Indian Journal of Federal Studies 8 (2) (2003).

Books Chapters

“The State, Ideas and Welfare in India: Reflections on Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal” (With Rahul Mukherji), In Vidhu Verma (Ed.) The State in India: Ideas , Norms and Politics. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan:231-255.

“Emerging Politics of Accountability: Sub-national reflections from Bihar” , In, Madhushree Sekher (ed.) , Including the Excluded in South Asia? Power, Politics and Policies, Springer (Forthcoming)

“India and Bangladesh in Climate Change Finance: From Structural Conflict to Embedded Liberalism” (With Rahul Mukherji), In, Global Governance, Tim Büthe (ed.) , Oxford University Press (Forthcoming)

“Policy As Instrument for Reconciling Diversity: Experience of the Indian federal System”, Chapter in Policy Issues in Federalism: International Perspectives. Editors: John Kinciad and Rupak Chattopadhyay. Forum of Federations, Canada, Viva Books 2008.

Contributed in Global Civil Society Yearbook 2009, “National Social Watch Coalition in India: A tool for governance Accountability”, Published jointly by London School of Economics and Political Science; Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Centre for Social Investment, Heidelberg University. Sage . May 2009.

“Privatization in Federal Systems: Electricity Sector in Australia and India”, in an edited Volume Public Governance And Decentralization, edited by S.N.Mishra and S. Mishra (New Delhi: Mittal Publications 2003).

Book Reviews

The Rise of the Hybrid Domain: Collaborative Governance for Social Innovation, by Yuko Aoyama with Balaji Parthasarathy. Edward Elgar,2016 .In Journal of Southeast Asian Economies Vol. 36(1) Apr 2019 PDF

Markets and Indigenous Peoples in Asia: Lessons from Development Projects. By Dev Nathan, Ganesh Thapa, Govind Kelkar with Antonella Cordone. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012. In Journal of Southeast Asian Economies 31(1) April 2014. PDF

Sahoo, Sarbeswar (2013). Civil Society and Democratization in India : Institutions , Ideologies and Interests. Abingdon, Oxon. Routledge. In Asian Journal of Social Science 42(6) , 2014. PDF

Corbridge Stuart, Harris John, and Jeffery Craig (eds.) (2013) India Today: Economy, Politics and Society. Cambridge, UK. Polity Press. In Asian Journal of Social Science 41( 3/4) (2013) PDF

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Acemoglu Daron and James.A.Robinson . New York, Crown Business 2012. In ASEAN Economic Bulletin 29(2). August 2012. PDF