Yogendra Yadav is associated with the Centre’s Lokniti and the Publics and Policies programme. His field of interest is the promise, practice, and prospects of modern politics. He has studied how this unusual promise has been read by Indian socialist intellectuals, the conditions under which it is sometimes realized in the arena of electoral politics, and the public policy design that can help redeem it.
Yadav has been involved in the revival of survey-based studies of Indian elections, the renewal of the National Election Study series, and the creation of the Lokniti network of scholars. He has co-authored the book Crafting State-Nations: India and Other Multinational Democracies (2011), and two others on democracy and electoral politics. He is also putting together a reader on Ram Manohar Lohia. He writes regularly in Hindi and English for newspapers, and is a political commentator on television. Yadav has written school textbooks and has served on several policy advisory bodies. He is currently a member of the University Grants Commission.
Yadav was awarded the Malcolm Adishesiah Award (2008) for contribution to development studies and was the first recipient of the Global South Solidarity Award (2009) given by the International Political Science Association. At present he is involved in setting up a political party of peoples movements.