Dr Amit Prakash is Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and other degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and the M. S. University, Vadodara. He has researched and published on politics of development; dynamics of socio-political and ethnic identity mobilization and its inter-linkages with processes of public policy, Indian politics and global governance. During his academic career, he has been awarded a number of academic honours and scholarships, including Junior Research Fellowship of the University Grants Commission, New Delhi and the Felix Scholarship for studying for a PhD at SOAS. He has published widely in national and international journals in the area of political analysis, discursive structures of the Indian state, electoral patterns and trends in India and some of its units, etc. He is also the author of Jharkhand: Politics of Development of Identity (New Delhi: Orient Longman, 2001) & Politics and Internal Security (Mumbai: Popular, 2004) and co-editor (along with Niraja Gopal Jayal and Pradeep K Sharma) of Local Governance in India: Decentralisation and Beyond, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006. Other forthcoming works include Good Governance and Development Policies: A Comparative Study of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, to be published under the auspices of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi and Governance in India: Empirical Evidence from Twenty States (Routledge).