The Research Programme 'Democratic Cultures' envisions new anthropological strategies to study ideas and practices of democracy cross-culturally. The Programme will produce comparative ethnographic studies which explore processes of vernacularisation of democracy across the globe. The research team is currently investigating questions of leadership and charisma, cultures of elections and the relation between business cultures and democratic governance across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The current research is funded by the EU European Research Council (ERC-2011-StG - N° 284080 - AISMA) and the UK Economic and Social Research Council.
The programme brings together a large international team and promotes a network of scholars with shared interests in the intersection of democratic institutions with "actually existing politics", violence and corruption, religion and the informal economy.
Photos courtesy of Professor Chris Pinney, UCL Anthropology