About

Anoop Sadanandan is a social scientist and an assistant professor in the Maxwell School of Public Affairs in Syracuse University.

He specializes in political economy and politics with a focus on India, and studies:

  1. decision making

  2. economic development

  3. political institutions

  4. democratization

  5. federalism and decentralization

  6. ethnicity

Sadanandan teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in political economy and comparative politics. The details of his courses are here.

He received his PhD from Duke University.

Book: Why Democracy Deepens

“Democracy in India is only a top-dressing on an Indian soil, which is essentially undemocratic,” warned Bhimrao Ambedkar, the principal architect of the country’s constitution, a year into independence. The social order - the soil on which India’s new democratic edifice was then being erected - was marked by hierarchies and vulnerabilities. Decades of socio-economic changes since then would transform this old order, albeit unevenly across Indian states, to decisively shape the development of democracy in the country. Why Democracy Deepens: Political Information and Decentralization in India (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) describes how these socio-economic changes have deepened democracy in India beyond its topsoil. Drawing on his research in villages and states, Sadanandan explains how socio-economic changes have heightened the need for local voter information and promoted grassroots democracy in some Indian states. By exploring the pivotal political developments in the world’s largest democracy, the book puts forward a theory of local democratization.

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