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Rajeshwari Deshpande

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Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Pune,

Rajeshwari Deshpande is professor of politics at the University of Pune. Her research interests are in areas such as politics of the urban poor, urban caste- class realities, women’s politics, comparative state politics and political thinking in modern Maharashtra.

As a Lokniti associate, Rajeshwari has worked on the nature of women’s vote in Indian elections using the NES data. Currently she is coordinating two research projects on behalf of the Lokniti network on issues related to comparative politics of Indian states.

The first is titled as ‘Comparing States: Towards a better Understanding of the Region and the Nation’ and is a part of the Lokniti-ICSSR research programme. 

The second project is collaboration between Lokniti and the King’s India Insitutue, King’s College, London and is titled as ‘Comparative State Politics and Public Policy in India’s Federal Context.’ 

Rajeshwari is a member of the editorial management team of the newly launched Lokniti/Sage journal ‘Studies in Indian Politics’ where she also coordinates a discussion forum on ‘Teaching and Learning Political Science in India.’

Select Recent publications

Articles in Journals

  • 2013-Political Science in India: Who teaches what to whom and what for?, Studies in Indian Politics, Vol I no I, June- Dec, pp 97-101
  • 2012-Aamhi and Te: Atmabhan, Asmita and Hitasambandha, (Marathi-Us and Them: Awareness, Identities and Interests), Anubhav special Diwali issue, Pune, November-December 
  • 2012- Rajyasanstheche Chalakh Hastakshep, (Marathi- Clever Interventions of the State), Parivartanacha Watsaru, March 1-15
  • 2011- How Does the System Encourage Academic Dishonesty? Economic and Political Weekly, vol 46, no.8, Feb 19-25, pp 14-16.
  • 2009- Maharashtra Polls: Continuity amidst Social Volatility, (with Suhas Palshikar and Nitin Birmal) Economic and Political Weekly, Nov 28- Dec 4, pp 42-47
  • 2009- Breaking Free of the Post- Mandal Deadlock, Seminar, no. 601, special issue on Republic of Ideas, September, pp 76-80.
  • 2009- How did Women Vote in Elections 2009?, Economic and Political Weekly,
  • special issue on National Election Studies, Vol XLIV, no 39, September 26, pp 83-87. Articles in Edited Volumes
  • 2013- Who Does Not Want Pune to Become Singapore? Politics of Development in an Emerging Metropolis, in Ian Shirley and others (ed.), Asian and Pacific Cities : Development patterns, pp 138-150, Routledge, London.
  • 2012-Getting Elected: New Institutional mechanisms and Issues related to Women’s Representation in Indian Federalism, in Shaun Haulin and others (ed) Ethnicity, Diversity and Equality and Unity in Diversity for Development: proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Federalism, Forum of Federations, Quebec.
  • 2012- Samkaleen Dharmakaran ani Artha Rajkiya Tanebane (Marathi- Political Economy of Contemporary Religiosity), introduction in Unique Features, Devachya Navane, pp 16-24, Samkaleen Prakashan, Pune
  • 2010-Garv Se Kahon Hum Lingayat Hain!: Caste Associations and Identity Politics in Maharshtra, in Ashutosh Kumar (ed.) Regions within Regions: Understanding State politics in India, Orient Longman.
  • 2010- The Missing Women: Gender Representation in Indian Politics, in Ajay Mehra (ed.), Emerging Trends in Indian Politics the 15th General Elections, Routledge, New Delhi pp 217-238.
  • 2009-Maharashtra: Congress-NCP Manages Victory, (first author) Economic and Political 
  • Weekly, special issue on National Election Studies, Vol XLIV, no 39, September 26, pp 136-140.


  • 2011-Acharya Shankar Dattatraya Javadekar (Marathi), (An intellectual biography of Acharya Javadekar) Gandharvaved Prakashan, Pune


  • 2010- Caste Associations in the Post-Mandal Era Notes from Maharashtra, CAS Occasional Paper Series: No. 2, Department of Politics and Public Admn, University of Pune, Pune.
  • 2008- Intergenerational Occupational Mobility across Caste Groups: A Study of 
  • Pune City, with Suhas Palshikar, Report of the CSSH project, University of Pune
  • 2005-State and Democracy in India: Strategies of Accommodation and 
  • Manipulation, Occasional Paper, series III, no.4, Dept of Politics, University of Pune, August 

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