K K Kailash


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Department of Political Science University of Hyderabad Hyderabad

K K Kailash is with the Department of Political Science at the University of Hyderabad and has been associated with the Lokniti since 2007. His research interests focus on political parties and elections, coalition politics and processes and issues of federalism in contemporary India.

He is a member of the Editorial Managing team of the Studies in Indian Politics. He is an honorary fellow at the Centre for Multilevel Federalism, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi. Before coming to Hyderabad Central University he previously worked in Panjab University, Chandigarh and the Regional Institute of Education (NCERT), Bhopal.

Select Publications



  • Rajeshwari Deshpande, Louise Tillin and K K Kailash The BJP’s Welfare Schemes: Did they make a difference in the 2019 Elections? in Studies in Indian Politics December  2019
  • The BJP, its opposition and party system fluidity, Seminar #720, August 2019: 18-23
  • The Chimera of Cooperative Federalism, Seminar, #717, May 2019: 49-52.
  • Dhritarashtra’s embrace: big and small parties in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, in Contemporary South Asia 27 (1), 2019: 73-87
  • Balveer Arora and K K Kailash. Beyond Quasi Federalism: Change and Continuity in Indian Federalism. Studies in Indian Politics. 6(2), 2018. pp. 297-302.
  • Rajeshwari Deshpande, K K Kailash and Louise Tillin. States as laboratories: The politics of social welfare policies in India, India Review,16(1), 2017.pp. 85-105.
  • K K Kailash and Balveer Arora, Federal Coalitions in India: Strategic Calculations and Revolving-door Partners, Studies in Indian Politics, 4(1), 2016: 63-76.
  • Institutionalizing a Coalitional System and Games within Coalitions in India (1996–2014), Studies in Indian Politics. 2(2), 2014: 185-202.
  • Regional Parties in the 16th Lok Sabha Elections: Who Survived and Why?" Economic and Political Weekly. 49(39), 2014: 64-71.
  • The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same in India: The Bahujan and the Paradox of the “Democratic Upsurge, Asian Survey, 52(2), 2012: 321-47.
  • Federal Calculations in State Level Coalition Governments, India Review, 10(3), 2011: 246-282.
  • State of Comparative State Politics in India, Seminar, 620, April 2011:66-71.
  • Alliances and Lessons of Election 2009, Economic and Political Weekly, 44 (39), 2009: 52-57
  • Middle Game in Coalition Politics, Economic and Political Weekly, 42(4), 2007: 307-317.


Articles in Edited Volumes


  • Executive Legislative Relations in the Period of Multiparty Governments in Sudha Pai (ed) Constitutional and Democratic Institutions in India: a Critical Analysis (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan 2020): 152-182.
  • Balveer Arora and K. K. Kailash. "Political Innovation in the Working of Indian Democracy: A Study of the Group of Ministers Device (1999–2014)." Exploring Indian Modernities. (Singapore: Springer 2018): 81-106.
  • ‘The Last posts : The BJP in ‘non-BJP’ states’ in Suhas Palshikar, Sanjay Kumar and Sanjay Lodha (ed) Electoral Politics in India: The Resurgence of the Bharatiya Janata Party, (New Delhi: Routledge, 2017): 69-90.
  • K K Kailash and Madurika Rasaratnam, “The Policy Shaping Capacity of States: Publicly Funded Health Insurance in Tamil Nadu and Kerala,” in Politics of Welfare: Comparisons across Indian States, Louise Tillin, Rajeshwari Deshpande and K K Kailash (ed.) (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2015): 40-68.
  • Balveer Arora and K K Kailash, “Strengthening Legislative Capabilities of the Indian Parliament: The National Advisory Council,” Sudha Pai, and Avinash Kumar. The Indian Parliament: A Critical Appraisal, (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2014): 189-230.
  • “Competition and Coalition Formation in the New Party System,” in E Sridharan (ed) Coalition Politics in India: Selected Issues at the Centre and the States, (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2014):71-106.
  • Balveer Arora, K K Kailash, HKK Suan and Rekha Saxena, “Indian Federalism,” in K C Suri (ed.), Indian Democracy, (New Delhi: ICSSR /Oxford University Press, 2013): 100-60.
  • “Political Outsourcing as a Coalition Strategy in Kerala,” in Gurpreet Mahajan (ed.). Accommodating Diversity: Ideas and Institutional Practices, (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011):182-205.



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