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

December 10, 2018

Caste arithmetic in ‘Raje’sthan elections

Voters in Rajasthan are known to vote out the incumbent government every five years. By merely looking at this trend we can say that Congress has an advantage. Adding to this is a popular opposition against the BJP Chief Minister […]
December 6, 2018

MP: Whether the Rebels-independents spoil the battle of the BJP or the INC?

Both the Bharathiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC) are eagerly awaiting the outcome of elections held to Madhya Pradesh State assembly on November 28, 2018 in which 2,907 candidates were in the fray for 230 assembly […]
November 21, 2018

Falling ₹: How to fix it?

Indian economy is passing through a tricky phase with rupee registering its lowest record against the dollar. During 2018, the rupee has depreciated by more than 15 per cent, putting pressure on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Rising crude […]
November 19, 2018

Will Maratha reservation be the linchpin in Maharashtra politics?

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis can now breathe a sigh of relief. It has been reported that the Maharashtra State Backward Commission submitted its report on whether the Marathas could be considered belonging to OBC (other backward class) category, on 15th […]
November 12, 2018

After The Floods: Micro-Managing The Revival Of Kerala Economy

Snapshot The service sector is the backbone of the Kerala economy and restoration of this sector is critical to the rebuilding of the state Kerala has been reeling under the effects of the worst natural calamity to hit the state […]
November 12, 2018

Rebuilding Kerala: A Cumbersome Task for the Government

The question that arises at this is juncture is whether Kerala enjoys the fiscal space confirming a huge government investment considering that the Rs 6 lakh crore economy stands on Rs 2 lakh crore debt. The aftermath of Kerala floods […]
November 8, 2018

Rebuild Kerala| CPPR’s Policy Brief Presented to Government of Kerala

In August 2018, Kerala witnessed the worst natural calamity in a decade causing a stress on the economy that has been in the doldrums for a considerable period of time.  Immediate evaluation and rethink on the policy actions for rebuilding […]
October 8, 2018

Election Dates Declared in Five States| അഞ്ചു സംസ്ഥാനങ്ങള്‍ ബൂത്തിലേക്ക്

In the wake of the declaration of elections dates in five states of India, the expert panel deliberates over Indian General Elections 2019. CPPR Chairman D. Dhanuraj along with other experts discuss the political scenario in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Mizoram and […]
October 3, 2018

Changing power dynamics: Asia-Pacific of the 21st Century

“India’s crucial balancing role in a prospective US-China duopoly of the Asia-Pacific regional order would serve to enhance its presence and augur a meaningful role to its power”, said Dr. Lawrence S Prabhakar, Associate Professor of International Relations and Strategic […]