Prof. Dr. Valerian Rodrigues
Prof. Dr. Valerian Rodrigues, from the Centre for Political Studies at Jawaharlal-Nehru University in New Delhi, visited the Institute for the second time after being a guest in Würzburg during the Summer Semester 2011.
Prof. Rodrigues focuses on Political Philosophy, Social and Political Thought in India as well as representation and political institutions. Among his numerous publications are included his, together with B.L. Shankar, published study on “The Indian Parliament: A Democracy at Work” as well as his article on “Muslim Political Thought in Modern India”.
During Summer Semester 2014 he led the seminar “Politics in India” at the Department of Comparative Politics and Systems Theory and was also involved in the Seminar “Problems of Constitutional Democracies” from PD Dr. Michael Becker. Prof. Rodrigues also gave a presentation in the lecture series “Diversity” on the topic “India’s Parliamentary Elections 2014” on 27 May 2014. Also as part of the Institute’s Colloquium on 25 July 2014, the renowned expert spoke and looked at „Civil Society, the Party System, and Elections in India". In addition, along with the other visiting Professors from India, he was an active participant at the Conference “Exploring Emerging India”, organized by the India Forum of the Institute for Political Science and Sociology.
At the end of 2014 the 4th Edition of the Würzburger Arbeitspapiere zur Politikwissenschaft und Sozialforschung (WAPS), composed by Prof. Rodrigues, was released with the topic “Elections and Civil Society in India”. He focuses on the Indian Parliamentary elections of 2014 and analyses the results with a differentiated look at the electoral behavior of social groups.