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Subrata K. Mitra, Prof. Ph.D. (Rochester)


Subrata K. Mitra, Prof. Ph.D. (Rochester)


  • Professor of Political Science and Head, Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University

Contact information

South Asia Institute
Department of Political Science
Im Neuenheimer Feld 330
69120 Heidelberg

+49 (0) 6221 54 8921
+49 (0) 6221 54 4591

About Subrata K. Mitra

Fields of Teaching, Research and Doctoral Supervision

•    Citizenship and Identity
•    Comparative Politics, methodology, South Asian area studies
•    Federalism
•    Governance
•    International Relations
•    Negotiation
•    Political Parties
•    Rational Choice
•    State formation in South Asia


Curriculum vitae

Professional Career

1971-1972: Lecturer in Political Science, Delhi University

1974-1976: Assistant Lecturer, University of Rochester (Department of Political Science)

1976-1977: Associate Director, Indian Council for Social Science Research, New Delhi

1977-1979: Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi

1979-1980: Exchange Scholar, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme/EHESS,

1980-1982: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung, Ruhr- Universität Bochum Paris

1982-1985: Head, Department of Research and Development + Data Analysis, Institut Français d’Opinion Public, Paris

1985-1988: Lecturer in Politics, University of Hull, Hull/UK

1988-1993: Direktor, Centre for Indian Studies, University of Hull, Hull/UK

1994: Reader in Politics, University of Hull, Hull/UK

1994: Visiting Professor of Political Science, University of California/Berkeley

1994-2000: Professor for Political Science of South Asia, Heidelberg University   

2000-2001: Professor of Politics, University of Nottingham, Nottingham

Since 2001: C4-Professor for Political Science of South Asia, Heidelberg University

2004: Radhakrishnan Visiting Professor of Political Science, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad/India                                    

2002 - 2006: President, Research Committee on Political Sociology, International Political Science Association

2002 - 2004: Geschäftsführender Direktor, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University

2008-2010: Coordinator, Area A (Governance and Administration) of Excellence Cluster: Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows, supported by the German Research Council (DFG)

Membership of Outside Bodies

•    Editor, Advances in South Asian Studies, (Routledge, London)
•    Editor, Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics (Heidelberg)
•    Editor, Heidelberg Series in South Asian Studies (Delhi)
•    Member of editorial board of the following journals:
•    Contemporary South Asia, Oxford
•    India Review, London
•    International Journal of Hindu Studies, Illinois
•    International Political Science Review, London
•    Journal of South Asian Development (Sage, Los Angeles)
•    The Journal of Islamabad Policy Research Institute, Islamabad
•    The Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, London

•    Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 29 Rajpur Road Delhi 110054, India (from 1994)
•    Member, German Association for Political Science (1994-2000)
•    Member of the Advisory Council, International Institute of Federalism,     Fribourg, Switzerland
•    Political Studies Association,  Convener, Specialist Group on South Asian Politics, PSA, UK, (1987-1994)
•    British Association for South Asian Studies Member of National Executive, (1987-1989)
•    Indian Political Science Association (Life Member)
•    Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, London
•    Chevalier des palmes académiques

Selected publications


Citizenship in the Era of Globalization: Structure, Agency, Power, and the Flow of Ideas (Editor). New Delhi: Samskriti; in press.

Re-use: the Art and Politics of Integration and Anxiety (jointly edited). Delhi: Sage; 2011.

Politics in India: Structure, Process and Policy. London: Routledge, 2010.

Political Sociology - The State of the Art. Opladen: Budrich, 2009.

When Rebels become Stakeholders: Democracy and Social Change in India (co-author). Delhi: Sage, 2009.

Modern Politics of South Asia, A Compendium of articles in learned journals in five volumes, (A Routledge major work), Routledge: London, 2008.

A Political and Economic Dictionary of South Asia (Mitautor). London: Europa/Taylor & Francis, 2006.

The Puzzle of India's Governance. Culture, Context and Comparative Theory . London et al.: Routledge, 2005. Flyer zur indischen Ausgabe: hier klicken!

Democracy and Social Change in India: A Cross-sectional Analysis of the Indian Electorate (mit V.B. Singh). Delhi: Sage, 1999.

Culture and Rationality: The Politics of Social Change in Post-colonial India. Delhi: Sage, 1999.

Power, Protest and Participation: Local Elites and Development in India. London: Routledge, 1992.

Citizen Participation in Rural Development (mit H.R. Chaturvedi). Delhi: Oxford & IBH, 1982.

Governmental Instability in Indian States: A Study of West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Delhi: Ajanta, 1978.

Sammelbände (bereits erschienen)

Political Parties in South Asia. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004 (Hrsg. mit Mike Enskat und Clemens Spieß).

Indien heute: Brennpunkte seiner Innenpolitik. (Hrsg. zus. mit Bernd Rill) München: Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung, 193 S., 2003.

Rule of Law and the Organisation of the State in Asia (Mitherausgeber). Basel: Helbing und Lichtenhahn, 2000.

Legitimacy and Conflict in South Asia (Hrsg. mit Dietmar Rothermund). Delhi: Manohar, 1997.

Subnational Movements in South Asia (Hrsg. mit R. Alison Lewis) Boulder/Colorado: Westview; 1996. Indische Ausgabe: Delhi: Segment, 1998.

Elections in India: A Changing Landscape (Hrsg. mit James Chiriyankandath). New Delhi: Segment, 1992.

Democracy in South Asia (Hrsg.). Sonderausgabe von Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Vol. 30 (1), March 1992.

The Politics of Positive Discrimination: A Cross National Perspective (Hrsg.). Bombay: Popular, 1990.

The Post-Colonial State in Asia: Dialectics of Politics and Culture (Hrsg.). Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1990.


‘Introduction: Citizenship today – Shifting Paradigms, hybridization, or plus ça change? In Subrata Mitra, ed. Citizenship and the Flow of Ideas in the Era of Globalization: Structure, Agency, and Power (Delhi: Samskriti; forthcoming)

‘Turning Subjects into Citizens: A Method, Model and Design for a Trans-disciplinary Policy Analysis’ in Subrata Mitra, ed. Citizenship and the Flow of Ideas in the Era of Globalization: Structure, Agency, and Power (Delhi: Samskriti; forthcoming)

‘Citizenship in India: Evolution, Involution and Rational Construction’ in Subrata Mitra, ed. Citizenship and the Flow of Ideas in the Era of Globalization: Structure, Agency, and Power (Delhi: Samskriti; forthcoming)

‘Symbiosis, Re-use and Evolution: Administrators, Politicians, Citizens and Governance in Post-colonial India’ Commonwealth and Comparative Politics (November 2010) 48:4, 457-478

‘The Idea of Citizenship and its Institutionalisation: Significance of the Korean Case’, in Pohlmann, Markus, et.al. edited, Citizenship and Migration in the Era of Globalization: The Flow of Migrants and the Perception of Citizenship in Asia and Europe (forthcoming)

‘Citizenship in India: Preliminary Results of a National Survey, 2009’, Economic and Political Weekly of India’ XLV, no. 9: 46-54, Feb 27, 2010

‘Citizenship as Conceptual Flow: A Moveable Feast?’ A review essay, Contemporary South Asia vol 18(2), June 2010, 215-224

‘From comparative politics to cultural flow: the hybrid state, and resilience of the political system in India’, Forthcoming in Phillip Stockhammer, ed. Conceptualising Cultural Hybridization: A Trans-disciplinary Approach, Vol. 1. Transcultural Research. Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context (Springer Verlag, Heidelberg).

‘Resilience without Partisanship? The Puzzle of India’s Democracy’, in Raghuram Raju and Jyotirmaya Sharma, eds., Grounding Morality: Freedom, Knowledge and the Plurality of Cultures, (Delhi: Routledge; 2010), pp. 264-294

‘Nuclear, engaged and non-aligned? Contradiction and coherence in India’s foreign policy in the era of globalisation’, India Quarterly (Delhi), LXV (1) Jan-March 2009, pp. 15-35
‘The Non-linear Modernity of South Asia’, an introduction to Subrata Mitra, ed., Politics of Modern South Asia: Critical Issues in Modern Politics (London: Routledge; 2008), vol, pp 1-8
‘When Area Meets Theory: Dominance, Dissent and Democracy in India’, International Political Science Review (2008), vol 29(5), 557-578
‘Die ‚Neuheit’ Europas von der Peripherie betrachtet: Die indische Wahrnehmung des ‘neuen Europa’ der multipolaren Wet’ in Thomas Meyer and Johanna Eisenberg (eds.), Europaische Identiaet als Projekt: Innen-und-Aussensichten (Verlag fuer Sozialwissenschaften: Wiesbaden; 2009), pp. 187-209
(co-author) ‘Jagannatha Compared: The Politics of Appropriation, Re-use and Regional State Traditions in India’ Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics, no. 37, The Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg, 2008
‘Level Playing Fields: The post-colonial state, democracy, courts and citizenship in India’, German Law Journal, vol 9(3) 2008
‘Elite Agency and Governance in Changing Societies: India in Comparative Perspective’, Asian Journal of Political Science vol 16 (1), April 2008, 1-23
(co-author) ‘The new Dynamics of Indian Foreign Policy and its Ambiguities’ Irish Studies in International Affairs, vol 18 (2007), 19-34

'Elections and the Negotiation of Ethnic Conflict: An American Science of Indian Politics?', India Review, Vol. 4, Nos. 3-4, July - October 2005, S. 326-343.

‘The role of research in a technical assistance agency: the case of the 'German Agency for Technical Cooperation'' (Koautor), Health Policy , 70 (2004), S. 229-241.

‘The reluctant hegemon: India 's self perception and the South Asian strategic environment', Contemporary South Asia , 12:3 (September 2003), S.399-418.

‘War and Peace in South Asia : a revisionist view of India-Pakistan relations', Contemporary South Asia (2001), 10:3, S. 361-379.

'Language and Federalism: The Multi-ethnic Challenge', International Social Science Journal, No. 167, March 2001, S. 51-60.

‘The discourse vanishes: revolution and resilience in Indian politics', Contemporary South Asia , 9:3 (November 2000), S.355-366.

'Parties and the People: India's party system and the resilience of democracy' (Koautor), Democratization VI (1), Spring 1999, S. 123-154.

'Effects of Institutional Arrangements on Political Stability in South Asia ', Annual Review of Political Science (1999: 2), S. 405-428.

Nehru's Policy towards Kashmir: Bringing the State back in again', Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics , Vol. 35 (2), 1996, S. 55-47.

‘The rational politics of cultural nationalism: subnational movements of South Asia in comparative perspective', British Journal of Political Science , 25:1 (January 1995), S.57-78.

'The National Front in France: The Emergence of an Extreme Right Protest Movement' (Koautor), Comparative Politics, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Oct., 1992), S. 63-82.

‘Desecularising the state: religion and politics in India after independence', Comparative Studies in Society and History, 33:4 (October 1991), S.755-777.

'Crisis and resilience in Indian democracy', International Social Science Journal, 129 (August 1991), S.555-570.

‘Room to maneuver in the middle: local elites, political action and the state in India ', World Politics, 43:3 (April 1991), S.490-413.

‘The limits of accommodation: Nehru, religion and the state in India', South Asia Research, 9:2 (November 1989), S.107-127.

'The National Front in France: A Single-Issue Movement?', West European Politics, 11: 2 (1988), S.47-64.

‘India: dynastic rule or the democratisation of power?', Third World Quarterly, 10:1 (January 1988), S.129-159.

‘A theory of governmental instability in parliamentary systems', Comparative Political Studies, 13:2 (July 1980), S.235-263.

‘Norms and modalities of political choice: case study of an Orissa village', Contributions to Indian Sociology, 14:1 (January 1980), S.51-75.

'Les Elections de 1980', Projet, Nr. 148, Septembre-Octobre 1980, S.955-968.

‘Ballot box and local power: electoral politicsin an Indian village', Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 17:3 (November 1979), S. 283-299.

‘Social class and belief systems in the Indian political elite' (Koautor), Indian Journal of Political Science, 40:1 (March 1979), S.40-55.

Neuere Beiträge zu Sammelbänden

'State-Society Linkage in an Era of Globalization: The Case of India', in: Römmele, Andrea et al. (Hrsg.), Political Parties And Political Systems: The Concept Of Linkage Revisited. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2005, S.125-144.

‘The NDA and the politics of 'minorities' in India ', in Adeney, Katharine/Saez, Lawrence (Hrsg.). Coalition politics and Hindu nationalism. London/New York: Routledge, 2005, S.77-96.

‘Konflikt und Konfliktperzeption in Südasien: Indien im Vergleich' (Koautor), in Frank R. Pfetsc h (Hrsg.), Konflikt. Heidelberger Jahrbücher Vol. 48, Heidelberg/Berlin: Springer, 2004, S.53-79.

'India : Majoritarian Democracy from Above', in: Colomer, Josep M. (Hrsg.), Handbook of Electoral System Choice. London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

‘Perception, Strategy and Interest: the state and foreign policy in India after independence', in: Reiter, E./P. Hazdra (Hrsg.). The impact of Asian powers on global developments. Heidelberg/New York: Physica, 2004, S.75-91.

‘Demokratie und Regierbarkeit in Indien: Ein neo-institutionalistischer Ansatz' in R. P. Das/H. Schönig (Hrsg.), Großmacht Indien. Orientwissenschaftliche Hefte 13/2004. Halle: OWZ, S. 81-100.

'Politics in India', in Gabriel Almond/Bingham Powell/Russell Dalton/Kaare Strøm (Hrsg.), Comparative Politics Today. 8. Auflage. New York: Addison-Wesley-Longman, 2003, S. 634-684.

‚Indien als regionale Macht', in E. Reiter (Hrsg.), Jahrbuch für Internationale Sicherheitspolitik 2002/II. Hamburg: Mittler, 2002, S. 269-290.

‚Die Parteiinstitution in Indien', in: Tsatsos, Dimitris Th. (Hrsg.), 30 Jahre Parteiengesetz in Deutschland - Die Parteiinstitution im internationalen Vergleich , Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2002, S.271-300.

'India' (co-autor), in: Dieter Nohlen (Hrsg.). Elections in Asia and the Pacific: A Data Handbook. Vol. I. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

‘Making local government work: Local elites, panchayati raj and governance in India ', in: Atul Kohli (Hrsg.). The Success of India's Democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

‘Autonomie- und Sezessionsbestrebungen in Nordostindien' (Koautor), in: E. Reiter (Hrsg.), Jahrbuch für Internationale Sicherheitspolitik 2001. Hamburg: Mittler, 2001, S. 893-915.

‘The Nation, State and the Federal Process in India ' in Ute Wachendorfer-Schmidt, (Hrsg.). Federalism and Political Performance. London: Routledge, 2000.

Further information

Profile at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (German only)