Jati, local public goods and village governance private actions and public outcomes

Raghbendra Jha, Hari K. Nagarajan, Anirudh Tagat

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Abstract

Whether voting along narrow parochial lines in socially and ethnically fragmented societies has measurable gains is explored. Using data from rural India, it is established that identity-based voting, driven by membership in social and informal networks, will lead to enhanced participation in welfare programmes, which in turn leads to increased consumption growth. Further, reducing agency costs does not necessarily remove the need for identity-based voting, and such voting behaviour is a means for engaging in the capture of public and private benefits by these groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-50
Number of pages8
JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
Volume54
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2019

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