TCPD covered its first General Election this past month, collecting data on thousands of candidates across the country. The dataset includes various socio-demographic variables such as caste, religion, education, occupation, assets, crime, political family affiliation, from multiple public sources (such as ADR) and fieldwork. These variables are available on request. This data is merged with data on candidates’ career trajectory to elections (incumbency data) and with the results, which we integrated into Lok Dhaba on the day of counting. This has led to the publication of several newspaper articles by members of the TCPD team and affiliated researchers. Different media houses have also used our data.
We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications (application link) for the 2019 TCPD summer school. The program begins on June 30 (Sunday) with an introduction to the program. July 1 to July 5 will be dedicated to classes and tutorials and the last day of the program (July 6) is reserved for group presentations. Past program schedules can be viewed here. There is no program fee. However participants will be responsible for paying for their accommodation which TCPD will help arrange on campus. Contact us if you have any questions. The deadline for application is May 1, 2019.
TCPD has a big year ahead of itself! We will be covering 5 State Elections (Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Odisha, and Sikkim) and the General Elections. To do this, in addition to students working with TCPD and individual team members, we are going to be relying on several individuals across the country. We have Sarthak Bagchi (Ahmedabad University) helping us with data collection in Bihar and Maharashtra, Mahesh Langa (The Hindu) and Sharik Laliwala in Gujarat, Jusmeet Singh Sihra (SciencesPo) in Rajasthan, Christophe Jaffrelot (SciencesPo) in Madhya Pradesh, and Gauri Bansal (Azim Premji) in Chhattisgarh. But before we look ahead, this issue looks at various TCPD activities this past month.
The third issue of the TCPD Newsletter covers TCPD ’s initiatives of shedding some light on the Vidhan Sabha
elections results which were announced on December 11. Team members engaged in fieldwork, wrote media pieces
and organized a public discussion to share their insights. TCPD also hosted two conferences – a Conference on
Empirical and Computational Social Sciences in India (ECSSI) between December 13-15 and a Conference on
Democratic Politics in India (LIA SPINPER) on December 21.
This is the second issue of the TCPD Newsletter. Our current issue contains experiences of three students who spent time in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan collecting information about the profile of candidates selected by political parties to contest elections. We are also excited to announce the following – a collaboration with two scholars on an on-going project on studying the determinants of political ambition amongst both women and men, an award to one of our team members for her research, a partnership with an organization to co-host public lectures of political intermediaries, two conferences that the Centre is organizing in December and lastly the addition of a new team member.
Welcome to our first issue of the TCPD Newsletter, our monthly newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to highlight new projects, updates to existing projects, on-going research, publications, participation in conferences, opportunities to work with us and events. All of our TCPD Newsletter issues will also be available online on our website. Our current issue includes a data release and an addition to our working paper series which uses the data, the addition of two new features to Lok Dhaba, an opportunity to work with us and the addition of a web developer to our team.