Can Bihar Break the Clientelist Trap? The Political Effects of Programmatic Development Policy
Jonathan Phillips ()
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It is widely recognized that politics affects policy-making, but there is little knowledge about how politics can be made more conducive to effective governance. This study reverses the relationship to ask whether temporary experiences of effective â€˜programmaticâ€™ governance can change the political attitudes and behaviour of citizens, providing the foundations for its own continuation. To compare political attitudes, a household survey of Biharis was conducted within 4km of the state border and responses were compared to neighbours on the Jharkhand side who were not exposed to Biharâ€™s decade of reforms but were until 2000 members of the same state. [IGC Working paper].
Keywords: politics; policy-making; Bihar; Clientelist; Political Effects; Programmatic Development; geographic discontinuity; household survey; Nitish Kumar; political equilibrium; Jharkhand; politicains; criminal background; governance; villages; border (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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