Praveen Rai

Praveen Rai is a Political Analyst with more than fifteen years of experience in election studies and survey research. 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.

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)

‘Wave Elections’, Charisma and Transformational Governance in India

Gujarat Elections 2017: Loss and Gain for Both Parties

Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: Why the Lotus May Not Bloom

The Decline of the Congress Party in Indian Politics

AAP has Decimated a Historic Mandate for Alternative Politics

A Psephological Nightmare: Election Prediction in Uttar Pradesh

Do Surveys Influence Results?

Fallibility of Opinion Polls in India

Issues in General Election 2009

Chhattisgarh: An Emphatic Win for the BJP

Haryana: Congress Retains Its Electoral Supremacy

Chhattisgarh 2008: Defeating Anti-Incumbency

Shrinking Political Space for the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha

Gendered Political Exclusion Crucial Implications for Indian Democracy

Haryana: Landslide Victory for Congress