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Political selection and the quality of government: evidence from South India

By Timothy Besley, Rohini Pande and Vijayendra Rao

Abstract

This paper uses household data from India to examine the economic and social status of village politicians, and how individual and village characteristics affect politician behavior while in office. Education increases the chances of selection to public o±ce and reduces the odds that a politician uses political power opportunistically. In contrast, land ownership and political connections enable selection but do not affect politician opportunism. At the village level, changes in the identity of the politically dominant group alters the group allocation of resources but not politician opportunism. Improved information °ows in the village, however, reduce opportunism and improve resource allocation

Topics: JA Political science (General), JQ Political institutions Asia
Publisher: Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Political Science
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:3766
Provided by: LSE Research Online

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