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Participatory democracy in action: survey evidence from South India

Besley, Timothy, Pande, Rohini and Rao, Vijayendra (2005) Participatory democracy in action: survey evidence from South India. Journal of the European Economic Association, 3 (2-3). pp. 648-657. ISSN 1542-4766

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Abstract

We use household and village survey data from South India to examine who participates in village meetings called by elected local governments, and what effect these meetings have on beneficiary selection for welfare programs. Our main finding is that it is the more disadvantaged social groups who attend village meetings and that holding such meetings improves the targeting of resources towards the neediest groups.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=1542-4766&...
Additional Information: © 2005 John Wiley & Sons
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods > H40 - General
H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods > H42 - Publicly Provided Private Goods
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O2 - Development Planning and Policy > O20 - General
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
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Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2011 13:40
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33756/

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