Centre for Comparative Studies

The CPPR Centre for Comparative Studies (CCS) aims to conduct in-depth comparative analysis in the fields of Demographics, Education, Health, Poverty, Urbanisation, Governance, Politics, Budgeting, Social and Economic Indicators.

The centre aims to identify current gaps in policies using comparative analysis. Comparative studies involve the analysis and synthesis of the similarities, differences and patterns across two or more cases that share a common focus. It helps in exposing the success or failure of a policy initiative. CSS also seeks to advocate state of the art practice and recommend innovative policy changes to help improve the country’s development process.

This is done using quantitative and qualitative methodologies for primary and secondary data analysis, by drafting data-centric and relevant policy briefs between states within India and between India and other countries (regional, national and international). CCS aims to conduct independent research whilst also partnering with potential stakeholders at both public and private levels to ensure sustainability and the ability to influence policy at various levels.

Advisors

P R Devi Prasad IES

P R Devi Prasad is an Indian Economics Service (IES) officer of the 1982 batch and former Advisor to the Government of India. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of three organisations during his tenure with the Centre. He has also functioned as Advisor to the Executive Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF). Presently, he is a Research Fellow at the Civil Service Officers Training Centre at Mussourie (LBSNAA), Uttarakhand.

Dr Martin Patrick

Dr Martin Patrick secured his PhD in Applied Economics from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kochi. He has worked as faculty of Economics in various government colleges. He received post-doctoral training at Tilburg University, Netherlands. He has won the award of Excellence in Education instituted by the Global Society for Health and Educational Growth, New Delhi in 2006. He has completed various projects for ICSSR, CDS, Planning Board (Kerala for UNDP), KILA and GIFT (for World Bank). He has served as the member of graduate and postgraduate board of studies of Calicut University, CUSAT, Kalady University and Kerala University. Presently, he is a Visiting Fellow at Indian Maritime Institute, Ernakulam and Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Ernakulam.


See the Posts

July 1, 2019

Equity and Alternative Capital Mobilisation by SMEs in 21st century

By Ragavi R Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) provide about 60 per cent of the overall employment globally and contribute about 50 per cent to the Gross Value Added. An effective funding environment is necessary for the growth of these […]
June 27, 2019

Governance challenges for Modi 2.0

Even though there may be no stated ‘allocation for better governance’ in the budget outlay, the intent and spirit of the budget speech for structural reforms will send the right signals to the electorate as well as to the markets. […]
June 27, 2019

Fiscal Devolution Essential to Strengthen Local Governments

The Local Governments of the nation play a big role in the welfare of its citizens. However, most of them lack the revenue resources to meet their functions. Though there are constitutional powers given to the Local Governments for mobilisation of […]
May 20, 2019

Exit Polls 2019- A Precursor to May 23?

In this part of our Election Analysis we look into the exit polls. All Exit Polls 2019, projects an easy win for the BJP and Narendra Modi. What does that mean for other National and Regional parties?
May 11, 2019

Analysing the General Trend after Completion of Fifth Phase of Election

In this part of our Election Analysis series Decoding the Polls our experts analyse the general trend after completion of fifth phase of election.
May 3, 2019

Midterm Election Analysis : The Trend so far

With four out of seven phases of election completed, our experts in this part of our election analysis series Decoding the Polls, looks into the election trend so far. Will the confidence exhuberates in the ruling party campaign spill over […]
April 29, 2019

A Critical Analysis of Kerala’s Fishermen and their Debt Trap

Kerala boasts of its much-touted Model of Development with rapid progress in socio-economic conditions, yet the fishermen community of the state is not able to make a tantamount progress in social and economic development. The poverty, due to the continuum […]
April 26, 2019

Kerala Polls 2019: Outcome Hinges on Many Factors

The decision of Congress President Rahul Gandhi to contest from Wayanad parliamentary constituency (PC) in Kerala, besides the Congress’ traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, made Kerala one of the epicentres of the 2019 General Elections. The State went […]
April 26, 2019

Kallada Bus Controversy: A Case for Policy Overhaul?

The recent incident involving attack on passenger travelling in an inter-state private bus has prompted the state govt bring restrictions on these buses. Is restrictions a solution to this problem? or should there be a change in policy to deregulate […]