John Harriss

Professor Emeritus

International Studies

John Harriss

Professor Emeritus

International Studies


B.A., M.A. (Cantab), Ph.D. (East Anglia)

Areas of Interest

• India
• South Asia in general

Research and Teaching

Political economy of development; Indian politics; political participation and civil society in India; social policy in India and other ‘emerging economies’; institutional theories; agrarian change (especially in South India)


Introduction to International Studies


Introduction to International Studies
Core Texts in International Studies
Global Problems in Interdisciplinary Perspective
Nationalism, Democracy and development in Modern India


Institutions, Policies and Development
Political Economy of Development
State Building and State Failure

Selected Publications


2014 Keywords for Modern India (with Craig Jeffrey). Oxford: Oxford University Press

2013 India Today: Economy, Politics and Society (with Stuart Corbridge and Craig Jeffrey). Cambridge: Polity Press [Indian edition published by Oxford University Press, Delhi, in 2014)

2011 Understanding India’s New Political EconomyA Great Transformation?: (edited, with Sanjay Ruparelia, Sanjay Reddy and Stuart Corbridge)  London and New York: Routledge

2010 Globalization and Labour in China and India: Impacts and Responses (editor, with Paul Bowles). London: Palgrave MacMillan

2006 Power Matters: Essays on Institutions, Politics and Society in India. Delhi: Oxford University Press

2004 Politicising Democracy: Local Politics and Democratisation in Developing Countries (editor, with Kristian Stokke and Olle Tornquist). London: Palgrave Macmillan (also published in Bahasa Indonesia as Politasi Demokrasi: Politik Lokal Baru. Jakarta: Lembaga Kajian Demokrasi dan Hak Asasi

2001 Depoliticizing Development: the World Bank and Social Capital. New Delhi: LeftWord and London: Anthem Press

2000 Reinventing India: Economic Liberalization, Hindu Nationalism and Popular Democracy (with Stuart Corbridge). Cambridge: Polity Press

1999 Managing Development: Understanding Inter-Organisational Relationships. London: Sage Publications and the Open University (edited, with Tom Hewitt and Dorcas Robinson)

1995 The New Institutional Economics and Third World Development. London: Routledge (edited, and with an introduction, with Janet Hunter and Colin Lewis)

1995 The Politics of Humanitarian Intervention London: Pinter (edited, and author of a substantial introduction)

1990 (with K P Kannan and G Rodgers) Urban Labour Market Structure and Job Access in India: a study of Coimbatore (International Institute of Labour Studies, Geneva)


2013 ‘Audacious Reforms?: India’s New Rights Agenda’, Pacific Affairs, 86(3): 561-8

2013 ‘Depoliticizing Injustice:  A Review Article on  Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence and Poverty in India’ (with Craig Jeffrey) Economy and Society:  42, 3: 507-20

2013  ‘Does ‘Landlordism’ Still Matter? Reflections on Agrarian Change in India’, Journal of Agrarian Change, 13, 3: 351-64

2012 ‘Reflections on Caste and Class, Hierarchy and Dominance’, Seminar Number 633, May 2012

2012 ‘Rural Urbanism in Tamilnadu.Notes on a “Slater Village”: Gangaikondan 1916-2012’, Review of Agrarian Studies, Vol.2, No.2 (July-December 2012): 29-59

2011 ‘What is happening in India’s “red corridor”?’, Pacific Affairs, June issue

2010 Land, Labour and Caste Politics in Rural Tamil Nadu in the 20th Century: Iruvelpattu (1916-2008), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.45, No.31 (with J.Jeyaranjan and K.Nagaraj)

2009 Drivers of Development Over the Next Thirty Years: Some Speculations, Journal of International Development , 21, 772-775

2009 How Much Space is there for Political Agency in Dependent Economies?. Studies in Comparative International Development 44, 4, pp 435-40

2009 (with Neha Kohli) Notes on the Differing 'States' of Child Undernutrition in Rural India. IDS Bulletin Vol 40, no 4 pp 9-15

2007 Antinomies of Empowerment Economic and Political Weekly, June 30


2014 ‘Development Theory’, in Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David Malone and Rohinton Medhora (eds)  International Development: Ideas, Experience and Prospects. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press

2014 ‘”Lopside”, “Failed” or “Tortuous”: India’s Problematic Transition and Its Implications for Labour’ (with Stuart Corbridge and Craig Jeffrey), in D.Davin and B. Harriss-White (eds) China-India: Pathways of Economic and Social Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press for The British Academy

2013 ‘Transformative Democratic Politics in Liberalizing India?’, in Kristian Stokke and Olle Tornquist (editors), Democratization in the Global South: The Importance of Transformative Politics. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2013 ‘Politics and Redistribution’, in Atul Kohli and Prerna Singh (editors), Handbook of Indian Politics. London and New York: Routledge.

2013 (John Harriss and Andrew Wyatt) ‘ The Changing Politics of Tamil Nadu’, in Sudha Pai (editor). Handbook of Politics in Indian States. Delhi: Oxford University Press              

2012 ‘Civil Society and Politics in India: An Anthropological Perspective’, in Isabelle Clark-Deces (Editor) The Blackwell Companion to the Anthropology of India

2011 ‘“Reforms governed by justice and compassion”? The tempering of neo-liberalism in India?’ , in S. Ruparelia et al (eds) Understanding India’s New Political Economy. London and New York: Routledge

2011 ‘“New Politics” and the Governmentality of the Post-Liberalization State in India’, in Akhil Gupta and K Shivaramakrishnan (eds) The State in India After Liberalization. London & New York: Routledge

2010 ‘Class and Politics’, in, Niraja Gopal Jayal and Pratap Bhanu Mehta,(Eds), The Oxford Companion to Indian Politics. Delhi: Oxford University Press

2010 ‘Political Change, Political Structure and the Indian State since Independence’, in Paul Brass (Ed) The Handbook of South Asian Politics. London and New York: Routledge

2010 ‘The Continuing Reinvention of India’ (with Stuart Corbridge), in C Sengupta and S Corbridge (Eds) Democracy, Development and Decentralization in India. Delhi: Routledge

2009 Bringing Politics Back Into Poverty Analysis: Why Understanding of Social Relations Matters More for Policy on Chronic Poverty than Measurement, in T Addison, D Hulme and R Kanbur (eds) Poverty Dynamics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press

2009 ‘Compromised Democracy: Observations on Popular Democratic Representation from Urban India’, in Olle Tornquist, Neil Webster and Kristian Stokke (Eds) Rethinking Popular Representation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Grants & Awards

• Visiting Research Professorship, National University of Singapore, Fall 2011
• Visiting Research Professorship, National University of Singapore, Spring 2010


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.