Lokniti-CSDS (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies), in collaboration with Jain University,Bengaluru, organized aSummer Workshop on ‘Analyzing Quantitative Data on Indian Politics’ from 10th July 2019 to 20th July 2019 at the global campus of Jain University. This was the thirteenth Summer School in a series of workshops that began more than a decade ago, with the first workshop held in 2006 at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla.
This year’s workshop was attended by twenty-five participants who were selected from a pool of about hundred applicants. The participants belong to some of the premier research institutions and leading universities of the country namely Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, University of Hyderabad, Punjab University (Chandigarh), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai) and Guwahati University.
Some of the leading scholars working on empirical methods in Political Science have been involved in designing this summer school. In the Summer School there was a special emphasis on making sense of quantitative data on Indian politics. It brings together a group of political scientists with the aim of providing them an opportunity to improve their skills in quantitative analysis. The selected participants were given a set of readings before they came to attend the workshop. The participants had to attend lectures and practical data analysis sessions. The eleven days, residential workshop aimed at training young social science researchers in quantitative methods, focusing not merely on statistical techniques but also on formulating interesting research questions. Data from the 2019 National Election Study (NES) Pre-poll was used as the basis for the study.
The resource persons for the workshop included Siddharth Swaminathan (Azim Premji University, Bengaluru), Sandeep Shastri (Jain University), Suhas Palshikar (Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune), K.C. Suri ( University of Hyderabad), Sanjay Kumar (CSDS), Jyoti Mishra (Lokniti, CSDS) and Vibha Attri (Lokniti, CSDS).
Every participant made a presentation at the end of the workshop, by choosing an appropriate research question and using quantitative techniques to answer it. It is expected that most of these presentations will develop into full length papers which could be published in leading research journals.