Aditya Dasgupta is a PhD student in government at Harvard University. From fall 2016, he will be a Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University.
His book project, Democracy After Dominance, develops a theory of the historical roots of dominant party decline and collapse, and shows how these divergent historical trajectories have produced differing patterns of distributive politics across Indian states. For evidence, I draw on sub-national comparative historical analysis, quantitative analysis of historical natural experiments, and in-depth fieldwork in two states.
More broadly, I study the economic history of democratization, the role of historical legacies in distributive politics, and the politics of service delivery in emerging welfare states. In terms of methods, I utilize formal models, historical data, fieldwork, surveys and natural experiments.
This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.
PhD Student in Government, Harvard University
Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University