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Pradeep Chhibber is Professor of Political Science and the Indo-American Community Chair in India Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His research examines the relationship between social divisions and party competition and conditions that lead to the emergence of national or regional parties. He is the author of Democracy Without Associations: Transformation of the Party System and Social Cleavages in India (2001). He is the coauthor of The Formation of National Party Systems: Federalism and Party Competition in Canada, Great Britain, India, and the United States (2004), which won the Leon D. Epstein Award, given by the Section on Political Organizations and Parties of the American Political Science Association. Prof. Chhibber’s current research includes studying the everyday relationship of the state to the citizen in India and, with Jasjeet Sekhon, religious practice and political trust.