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Impact of fiscal decentralisation and ethnic heterogeneity on choice of local polity

In this article, based on Chapter 7 of 'Decentralised Governance’, Mitra and Pal utilise Indonesia’s fiscal decentralisation to local communities in 2001 to examine how FD may differentially affec...

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Using personalised information delivery to improve uptake of emergency government benefits

Although many governments introduced additional benefits as part of existing welfare schemes for Covid-19 relief, there is often a significant gap between the introduction of, and access to these bene...

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Ethnic identities, public spending, and political regimes

Do democracies discriminate less against minorities as compared to non-democracies? How does the dominance of an ethnic group affect discrimination under various political regimes? Presenting a theore...

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राजनेताओं का कष्ट, गरीब आदमी का लाभ: नजदीकी निर्वाचन क्षेत्रों में आय वितरण

स्टडीज में पब्लिक फंड्स के प्रवाह को दिशा देने में चुनावी प्रतिस्पर्धा की भूमिका को रेखांकित किया गया है। भारत के आंकड़ों का विश्लेषण करते हुए इस लेख में पाया गया है कि लगभग बराबरी की प्रतिस्पर्धा वाल...

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Consumption spikes and election delays

There is ample anecdotal evidence on political parties bribing voters with cash or consumption goods prior to elections, in India and other developing countries. However, there is an expected lack of ...

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Politician's pain is poor man's gain: Income distribution in close-election constituencies

Studies have highlighted the role of electoral competition in directing the flow of public funds. Analysing data from India, this column finds lower income inequality and polarisation in tightly conte...

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