Sayan Banerjee

Sayan Banerjee holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Essex, Department of Government. HisĀ current research consists of ethnic relations, political behaviour, and public policy choices.

Content by Sayan Banerjee
  • Blog post

    She wins: Electing women in ethnically divided societies

    The Indian Constitution reserves at least 33% of seats in rural local governments for women, and Bihar is among the nine states that have opted for 50% reservation. However, women remain heavily underrepresented at the state and central levels. This note investigates how gender interacts with caste, political campaigns, and experiences of discrimination, to shape...

    21 Mar 2022 | Arindam Banerjee, Sayan Banerjee, Charles Hankla, Kunal Singh, Anjali Thomas

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    She wins: Electing women in ethnically divided societies

    We conducted survey experiments across 2,000 respondents living in four districts in the state of Bihar and, within them, eight state legislative assembly constituencies equally divided between low and high communal violence districts. We find that women voters prefer women candidates, all candidates who offer protection, and especially women candidates who offer...

    20 Sep 2021 | Arindam Banerjee, Sayan Banerjee, Charles Hankla, Kunal Singh, Anjali Thomas

  • Publication - Project Report

    She wins: Electing women in ethnically divided societies

    17 Sep 2021 | Arindam Banerjee, Sayan Banerjee, Charles Hankla, Kunal Singh, Anjali Thomas

  • Project

    She Wins - Electing women in ethnically divided societies: The case of Bihar

    Prior research on gender and politics in India focuses on efforts to increase the number of women holding office. Few researchers, however, have addressed why, in ethnically diverse democracies like India, some women candidates are successful while others are not. Existing research does little to differentiate women candidates by constituency characteristics, much less by...

    10 Mar 2020 | Sayan Banerjee, Charles Hankla, Arindam Banerjee, Anjali Thomas