Sabyasachi Das is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Yale University. He is interested in political economy, especially topics related to local governance and development economics. He will join Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi as a post-doctoral fellow from July 2015.
How effective are gram sabhas?
06 May 2015
Village panchayats across India are mandated to organise local public meetings called gram sabhas several times a year, wherein villagers discuss issues such as local public good provision. This column finds that gram sabhas are indeed effective in altering the composition of local public goods provided. Promoting the institution of gram sabha can make policymaking more sensitive to the preferences of discriminated groups such as women.
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