1997 saw Vinay Sahasrabuddhe’s selection as Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar for 1998-99 to pursue supervised study at the University of Illinois (UIUC) at Urbana-Champaign. He was a Visiting Researcher at the UIUC for about ten months.
Passionate about finding out various ways and means of making the democratic governance deliver, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe had long back started reading about political parties and their evolution as a key democratic institution. His scholarly meanderings into
the much relevant thematic of “Political Parties as Victims of Populism and Electoral Compulsions; A Quest for Systemic Solutions - With special reference to India” got recognized in the form of a Doctoral degree from University
of Mumbai in 2009. Dr Maneesha Tikekar of the SIES College, Mumbai was his research guide.
Vinay Sahasrabuddhe has a total of nine books to his credit. He writes three of them while he is the editor of other six. Here are the details —
- During 2018, Dr. Sahasrabuddhe contributed a regular column in Lok Satta, Marathi daily from Mumbai. Based on his writings on Development Politics, a compilation of his articles translated in Hindi was published in 2019, namely “विकास की राजनीति”! This anthology of articles provides a window to the key changes made and reforms introduced by the Modi Govt with a view to providing genuine Good Governance!
- In January 2018, Dr. Sahasrabuddhe along with Co-Author Dhiraj Nayar, wrote The Innovation Republic, focusing on governance innovations under the Narendra Modi Govt between 2014-18. The book chronicles 17 important innovations introduced by the Modi Govt., making the governance infrastructure more people friendly, less corrupt and far too result oriented as well. A Hindi version of this book was also published in 2019 namely.
- His book “Beyond A Billion Ballots”, is based on his Ph.D. thesis and was published at the hands of Shri Narendra Modi in June 2013. This book unfurls the reforms agenda for liberating political parties from the trap of populist politics through a set of key systemic changes in India’s democratic infrastructure. Coming out from the keen observations of a trainer of political practitioners, this work is being considered as seminal having the potency to catalyse Indian Republic 2.0.
- A compilation of his selected articles on issues concerning democratic governance, in Marathi; named “Aahe Lok-tantra Tarihee” (In spite of Democracy) was published in 2011.
- His first Marathi book Ekaki Purvanchal(Isolated North-East India) was published in 1988 and that happened to be the first Marathi book, analyzing the complex socio-political conditions in the North-East India.
- Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP) has published three books edited by Dr.Sahasrabuddhe. The first one was an anthology of English articles on the vexed issue of democracy and accountabiliy, titled as ‘Accountability of Elected Representatives’ (1990), while the other two were essentially on Science of Organisation. In 1984, he edited a compilation essays on the mindset and public conduct of a social worker. This book was named as ‘सार्वजनिक कार्यकर्ता: मनोरचना आणि व्यवहार”. In 1997 he edited thoughtfully written invited articles by knowledgeable authors on basics of Science of Human Organisations. It analyses the approach required and skills to be employed to bring people together and form an enduring organisation. The book, known as ‘संघटन शास्त्र’ became very popular with three editions already out. A Hindi translation of the same is also now available.
- In 1988, Co-Edited a book on the life and mission of Late Prof Yashwant Kelkar, one of the founding fathers of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad ( ABVP). This Marathi book, namely ‘Yashwant’ was published by Vidyarthi Nishit.
- In 1998 he co-edited Nivadak Manoos (Selected articles from Weekly Manoos) a compilation of articles previously published in celebrated Marathi weekly Manoos. Published in 1999, this volume later received Govt Maharashtra Award for Best Literary Work.
His commentaries to many English & Marathi publications are most sought after for their deeper insights replete with simplistic redressals of complex issues. He contributed columns to several Marathi journals like –
- - Maharashtra Times (1976-77)
- - Manoos Weekly (1979-80)
- - Aaj Dinank (1997-98)
- - Loksatta (2000) and again in (2018)
- - Aple Mahanagar (2002-2003)
- - Tarun Bharat, Nagpur (2009)
- - Sakal (2020)
- - The New Indian Express (2020)