Praveen Rai

Praveen Rai is a Political Analyst with more than fifteen years of experience in survey research and election studies. A postgraduate in history with a degree in law from university of Delhi, he worked with Lokniti: Programme for Comparative Democracy, a research programme of CSDS that specializes in elections and party politics.  While at Lokniti, he handled more than fifty election studies and used empirical data and statistical tools for academic and research based writings.

His key areas of interest include politics, electoral competitions and opinion polling in India. His research on 'Electoral Participation of Women in India: Key Determinants and Barriers' was published as a special article in Economic and Political Weekly in 2011 and ‘Women’s Participation in Electoral Politics in India: Silent Feminisation’ in South Asia Research in 2017. He co authored a book Measuring Voting Behaviour in India, published by Sage in 2013. His articles have been published in academic journals, edited books, online media and blogs.

Publications (Click to Read)

Gujarat Elections 2017: Loss and Gain for Both Parties

Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: Why the Lotus May Not Bloom

AAP has Decimated a Historic Mandate for Alternative Politics

The Decline of the Congress Party in Indian Politics

A Psephological Nightmare: Election Prediction in Uttar Pradesh

UP Assembly Elections 2017: Fight to the Finish

Do surveys influence results?

Decoding The BJP's Jekyll And Hyde Politics

EPW 2014: Fallibility of Opinion Polls in India

Election 2014: Imbalanced participation of women