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Aditya Dasgupta

Graduate Student Affiliate


Aditya Dasgupta

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