Rahul Mukherji

Prof Dr Rahul Mukherji


Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany
Executive Director, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (2020-2022)
Speaker: Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University (2021-2022)

E-mail: Mukherji@uni-heidelberg.de
Telefon: +49 6221 5415291


Voßstr. 2, Building 4130
69115 Heidelberg, Germany
Room: 14, 1st floor


Research topics

Comparative politics; Governance and development; Institutions and Democracy; International relations; South Asia



Globalization and Deregulation: Ideas, Interests and Institutional Change in India (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Political Economy of Reforms in India under the Oxford India Short Introduction Series (New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2014).

Co-authored with Sumit Ganguly, India Since 1980 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011). Book was translated into Portuguese.

Select Journal Articles:

“Policy paradigms and path dependence: the endogenous roots of institutional displacement and drift in India,” Global Public Policy and Governance, vol. 1, No. 1,(2021), pp. 78-97.(2021) (with Seyed Hossein Zarhani). PDF

“Democracy vs. Covid: India’s Illiberal Remedy,” Journal of Democracy, Vol. 31, No.4 (2020), pp. 90-105. PDF

“Governing India: Evolution of Programmatic Welfare in Andhra Pradesh,” Studies in Indian Politics, Vol.8, No. 1 (2020), 7-21 (with Seyed Hossein Zarhani). PDF

„Bureaucratic Rationality, Political Will, and State Capacity – MGNREGS in Undivided Andhra Pradesh“ Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 52, No. 49 (2017), pp. 53–60. (with Jha, Himanshu) PDF

„Governance reform in a weak state: Thirty years of Indian experience“ Governance, Vol.30, No.1 (2017), pp. 53–58. PDF

„India and Global Economic Governance: From Structural Conflict to Embedded Liberalism“ International Studies Review, Vol 16, No.3, (2014), pp.460-466. PDF

„Ideas, Interests and the Tipping Point: Explaining Economic Change in India,“ Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 20, No. 2 (2013), pp. 363-89. PDF

„Interests, Wireless Technology and Institutional Change: From Government Monopoly to Regulated Competition in Indian Telecommunications“, Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 68, No. 2 (2009), pp. 491-517.

„The Politics of Telecommunications Regulation in India: Explaining State – Industry Alliances Favoring Foreign Investment“ Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 44, No. 10 (2008), pp. 1405-1423. Lead article.

Select Edited Volume:

India’s Economic Transition: The Politics of Reforms (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007, paperback 2010, reprint 2011).

Select Book Chapters:

With Seyed Hossein Zarhani, “Economies and Development,” in Neil D Votta and Sumit Ganguly, eds., Understanding Contemporary India (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Reinner, forthcoming 2021).

„Is India a Developmental State?“ in Yin-Wah Chu, ed., The Asian Developmental State: Reexaminations and New Departures (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), pp. 217-36.

„India’s Foreign Economic Policies,“ in Sumit Ganguly, ed., Engaging the World: Indian Foreign Policy Since 1947 (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 470-95.