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Participatory democracy in action: survey evidence from South India

Besley, Timothy and 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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Identification Number: 10.1162/jeea.2005.3.2-3.648


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.

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Additional Information: © 2005 John Wiley & Sons
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2011 13:40
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2011 13:40

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