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Just rewards?: local politics and public resource allocation in South India

Besley, Timothy, Pande, Rohini and Rao, Vijayendra (2012) Just rewards?: local politics and public resource allocation in South India. World Bank Economic Review, 26 (2). pp. 191-216. ISSN 0258-6770

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Identification Number: 10.1093/wber/lhr039


What factors determine the nature of political opportunism in local government in South India? To answer this question, we study two types of policy decisions that have been delegated to local politicians-beneficiary selection for transfer programs and the allocation of within-village public goods. Our data on village councils in South India show that, relative to other citizens, elected councillors are more likely to be selected as beneficiaries of a large transfer program. The chief councillor's village also obtains more public goods, relative to other villages. These findings can be interpreted using a simple model of the logic of political incentives in the context that we study.

Item Type: Article
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Divisions: Economics
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H1 - Structure and Scope of Government > H11 - Structure, Scope, and Performance of Government
H - Public Economics > H7 - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations > H72 - State and Local Budget and Expenditures
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R5 - Regional Government Analysis > R51 - Finance in Urban and Rural Economies
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2012 13:19
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 16:45

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