Research

Book

2016. Democratization from Above: The Logic of Local Democracy in the Developing World, Cambridge University Press.

Articles and Book Chapters

Targeting Ordinary Voters or Political Elites?: Why Pork is Distributed Along Partisan Lines in India” American Journal of Political Science, Forthcoming. [Author Summary]

“Development or Rent-Seeking? How Political Influence Shapes Public Works Provision in India“, British Journal of Political Science, Forthcoming.

Press Mentions: LiveMint, The Hindu: Business Line

Critical Dialogue “Democracy Protests: Origins, Significance and Consequences” by Dawn Brancati and “Democratization from Above: The Logic of Local Democracy in the Developing World” by Anjali Thomas BohlkenPerspectives on Politics, Volume 15, Issue 4, December 2017 , pp. 1092-1093.

Coups, Elections and the Predatory State“, Journal of Theoretical Politics 22 (2), April 2010.

Economic growth and ethnic violence: An empirical investigation of Hindu–Muslim riots in India” Journal of Peace Research, 47(5), August 2010 (with Ernest Sergenti)

            Press Mentions: The Guardian, Wall Street Journal blog and Vox

“The origins of parliamentary responsibility” in Tom Ginsburg (ed.) Comparative Constitutional Design, New York: Cambridge University Press (with Adam Przeworski and Tamar Asadurian), April 2012

“Dynasty and Paths to Power” in Kanchan Chandra (ed.) Democratic Dynasties: State, Party and Political Families in India, New York: Cambridge University Press. April 2016.

In Progress

How Electoral Cycles Shape the Implementation of Public Programs: Evidence from India (with Jonathan Darsey).

Getting on the Grid: The Politics of Public Service Formalization in Urban India (with Nikhar Gaikwad and Gareth Nellis). Field Experiment funded by EGAP.

Consumer Behavior, Efficiency and Sustainability in India’s Power Sector (with Usha Nair-Reichert). Funded by the Strategic Energy Institute.

Roads vs. Power: The Political Dynamics of Infrastructure Provision in India (with Brian Min)

Why Dynastic Legislators do better in Elections: An Institutionalist Explanation (with Kanchan Chandra).

Press Mention: The New York Times.

Other Writing

How Politics Shapes Road Provision in IndiaIndia in Transition published by the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) of the University of Pennsylvania (Also reprinted in The Hindu: Business Line).

The World’s Largest Democracy Votes: India’s 2014 Elections, Canada-Asia Agenda Series, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada