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Pradeep K Chhibber

Professor and Indo-American Community Chair in India Studies
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Personal Statement

Pradeep Chhibber studies the political parties, party systems, representation, and the politics of South Asia. He has written Righteous Demagogues: Populist Politics in South Asia and Beyond, Oxford University Press, 2024 (with Adnan Naseemullah); India Tomorrow: Conversations with Next Generation Leaders, Oxford University Press, 2020 (with Harsh Shah); Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party System of India, Oxford University Press, 2018 (with Rahul Verma);  Religious Practice and Democracy in India, Cambridge University Press, 2014 (with Sandeep Shastri); The Formation of National Party Systems: Federalism and Party Competition in Britain, Canada, India, and the U.S., Princeton University Press, 2004 (with Ken Kollman); and Democracy without Association: Transformation of Party Systems and Social Cleavages in India, University of Michigan Press 1999. 

Pradeep received an M.A. and an M.Phil. from the University of Delhi and a Ph.D. from UCLA. He is the Indo-American Community Chair in India Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Academic Subfields
Research Interests
Political Parties
Party Systems
Electoral Politics and Representation
South Asia
M.A., University of Delhi
M.Phil, University of Delhi
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Adnan Naseemullah and Pradeep Chhibber, Righteous Demagogues: Populist Politics in South Asia and Beyond. Oxford University Press, 2024.

Pradeep Chhibber and Harsh Shah, India Tomorrow: Conversations with the next generation of political leaders. Oxford University Press (New Delhi). 2020

Pradeep K. Chhibber and Rahul Verma. Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of India. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Pradeep K. Chhibber with Sandeep Shastri. Religious Practice and Democracy in India. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Pradeep K. Chhibber and Ken Kollman.  The Formation of National Party Systems: Federalism and Party Competition in Britain, Canada, India, and the U.S. .   Princeton University Press, 2004.

Pradeep K. Chhibber. Democracy without Associations: Transformation of Party Systems and Social Cleavages in India.   University of Michigan Press, 1999.


Britt Leake and Pradeep Chhibber. “The temporary and partial personalization of political parties in India: A comparison of Indira Gandhi’s INC and Narendra Modi’s BJP.” Social Sciences Quarterly (forthcoming).


Pranav Gupta and Pradeep Chhibber. “Bureaucratic Connections and Local Development: A Study of Palwal District in India,” Regional and Federal Studies, 34(2), 163-187.


Rahul Verma and Pradeep Chhibber. “Economic Ideology in Indian Politics: Why do Elite and Mass Politics Differ,” Studies in Indian Politics, December 2023 (2), 274-288.


Francesca Jensenius and Pradeep Chhibber. “Privileging one's own? Voting patterns and politicized spending in India,” Comparative Political Studies, March 2023(4), 503-529


Pradeep Chhibber, Francesca Jensenius, and Susan Ostermann. 2021. “Missing Girls – Women’s Education and Declining Sex Ratios in India,” The Economic and Political Weekly, Vol LVI No. 6


Pradeep Chhibber and Rahul Verma. 2019. “The Rise of the Second Dominant Party System: BJP’s Social Coalition in 2019,” Studies in Indian Politics December 2019(2): 131-148.


Nirvikar Jassal and Pradeep Chhibber. “India in 2018.” Asian Survey (January/February 2019)


Adnan Naseemullah and Pradeep Chhibber. “Patronage, Sub-Contracted Governance and the Limits of Electoral Coordination,” Comparative Politics (October 2018).


Pradeep Chhibber and Nirvikar Jasssal. “India in 2017,” Asian Survey (January/February 2018)


Pradeep Chhibber, Susan Ostermann, and Rahul Verma, “The State as Guardian of the Social Order: Conservatism in Indian Political Thought and its Modern Manifestation,” Studies in Indian Politics (June 2017).


Pradeep Chhibber and Susan Ostermann. “The BJP’s Fragile Mandate: Modi and Vote Mobilisers in the 2014 Indian General Election,” Studies in Indian Politics. December 2014 2:137-151.


Pradeep Chhibber and Rahul Verma. “The BJP’s 2014 ‘Modi Wave’: An Ideological Consolidation of the Right”. Economic and Political Weekly Vol XLIX No. 39 pp 50-56.


Pradeep Chhibber, Francesca Jensenius, and Pavithra Suryanarayan. “Party Organization and Party Proliferation in India,” Party Politics, July 2014.


Pradeep Chhibber. “Dynastic Parties: Organization, Finance, and Impact,” Party Politics, March 2013


Amit Ahuja and Pradeep Chhibber. “Why the Poor Vote in India "If I Don't Vote, I Am Dead to the State,” Studies in Comparative International Development, December 2012


Irfan Nooruddin and Pradeep Chhibber, “Unstable Politics: Fiscal Space and Electoral Volatility in the Indian States Comparative Political Studies, (August 2008), pp1069-1091 


Pradeep Chhibber and Geetha Murali, “Duvergerian Dynamics in the Indian States: Federalism and the Number of Parties in the State Assembly Elections,” Party Politics, (April 2006), pp. 5-34 


Sumit Mujumdar and Pradeep Chhibber “Property Rights and the Control of Strategy: Foreign Ownership Rules and Domestic Firm Globalization in Indian Industry,” Law and Policy, (January 2005), pp. 52-80.


Pradeep Chhibber, Sandeep Shastri and Richard Sisson, “Federal Arrangements and the Provision of Public Goods in India,” Asian Survey, (May/June 2004), pp. 339-52.


Pradeep Chhibber and Irfan Nooruddin, “Do Party Systems Count? The Number of Parties and Government Performance in the Indian States”, Comparative Political Studies, (March 2004), pp. 152-187. 


Pradeep Chhibber “Why Some Women Are Politically Active: The Household, Public Space, and Political Participation in India,” International Journal of Comparative Sociology, (2003), pp. 409-429. 


Pradeep Chhibber and Samuel Eldersveld “Local Elites and Popular Support for Economic Reform in China and India,” Comparative Political Studies, (April 2000), pp. 350-373.


Pradeep Chhibber and Sumit Majumdar, “Foreign Ownership and Profitability: Property Rights, Strategic Control and Corporate Performance in Indian Industry,” Journal of Law and Economics, (April 1999), pp. 209-238. 


Pradeep Chhibber and Ken Kollman, “Party Aggregation and the Number of Parties in India and the United States,” American Political Science Review, (June 1998), pp. 329-42. 


Sumit Majumdar and Pradeep Chhibber, “Capital Structure and Performance: Evidence from a Transition Economy on an Aspect of Corporate Governance,” Public Choice, (March 1999), pp. 287-305.


Sumit Majumdar and Pradeep Chhibber, “Does It Pay to Venture Abroad: Exporting Behavior and the Performance of Firms in India,” 126 Managerial and Decision Economics, (March 1998), pp. 121-127.


Pradeep Chhibber and Sumit Majumdar, “State as Investor and State as Owner: Consequences for Firm Performance in India,” Economic Development and Cultural Change, (April 1998), pp. 561-80.


Pradeep Chhibber, “Who Voted for the Bharatiya Janata Party?” British Journal of Political Science, (October 1997), pp. 631-639.


Pradeep Chhibber and Mariano Torcal, “Electoral Strategies, Social Cleavages, and Party Systems in a New Democracy: Spain,” (with Mariano Torcal), Comparative Political Studies, (Feb. 1997), pp. 27-54.


Earlier version printed as “Elites, conflictos sociales y sistema de partidos en una nueva democracia: la competicion electoral entre el PP y el PSOE en Espana (1989-1992)” in Revista Espanola de Investigaciones Sociologicas, (Oct. 1995), pp 7-39.


Runner-up for the Luebbert prize in 1998, which is awarded for the best article published in the previous two years in comparative politics.  The Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association awards the prize.


Pradeep Chhibber, “State Policy, Rent-Seeking, and the Electoral Success of a Religious Party in Algeria,” Journal of Politics, (Feb. 1996), pp.126-148. 


Pradeep Chhibber, “Political Parties, Electoral Competition, Government Expenditures and Economic Reform in India,” Journal of Development Studies, (Oct. 1995), pp. 74-95.


Pradeep Chhibber and Subhash Misra, “Hindus and the Babri Masjid: Sectional Basis of Hindu Communalism,” Asian Survey, (July 1993), pp. 665-72.  


Pradeep Chhibber, Subhash Misra and Richard Sisson, “Order and the Indian Electorate: For Whom Does Shiva Dance?”, Asian Survey, (July 1992), pp. 606-16.


Pradeep Chhibber and John Petrocik, “The Puzzle of Indian Politics: Social Cleavages and the Indian Party System,” British Journal of Political Science, (April 1989), pp. 191-210.  




Pradeep Chhibber and Rahul Verma. The BJP’s 2014 Resurgence, in Suhas Palshikar, Sanjay Kumar, and Sanjay Lodha ed. Electoral Politics in India: Resurgence of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Routledge, 2017.


Pradeep Chhibber and Susan Ostermann. A Democratic Balance: Bureaucracy, Political Parties, and Political Representation, in Jack Nagel and Rogers M. Smith ed. Representation: Elections and Beyond.  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013


Pradeep Chhibber “Policies, Institutions, and the Influence of Regime Type on Economic Growth” In Edward D. Mansfield and Richard Sisson, eds., The Evolution of Political Knowledge: Democracy, Autonomy, and Conflict in Comparative and International politics, Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2003


Pradeep Chhibber and Irfan Nooruddin, “Party Competition and Fragmentation in Indian National Elections 1957-1998,” (with Irfan Nooruddin), in Ramashray Roy and Paul Wallace ed. Indian Politics and the 1998 Elections. Sage Publications 1999