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

January 2, 2019

Electoral Arithmetic of 2018: Who gained, Who lost?

The Year 2018 witnessed key elections to nine state assemblies of the Indian Republic – five big states and four small states. The five big states that went to elections were Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana. These states […]
December 14, 2018

Emerging Trends in Indian Economy

“We are living in VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity) world, and it is getting very difficult to predict what is likely to come,” said Dr. V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist, Geojit Financial Services. He was speaking at the […]
December 13, 2018

Rhetoric or Development : What does the Indian Voter want ?

Elections in India, especially since 2014 can be characterized by the overt use of rhetoric. No one in contemporary Indian politics uses rhetoric better and with maximum effect than Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. It was on the premise of the […]
December 13, 2018

Battle of Telugu leaders for Delhi

The winter of 2018 has set a tensed mood for general elections of 2019. The results of state assembly elections have set off new debates and calculations. The Congress, which was seen as a weak alternative to BJP in Hindi-belt […]
December 11, 2018

Revival of Kerala Economy: Is Agriculture given due relevance?

The aura around Kerala model of development often appears to be pretentious, considering the macro economic factors of the state which is a remittance economy piloted by the service sector. The survey of India’s inward remittances[1] in 2016-17, states that […]
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 […]