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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

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)