Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
Francesca R. Jensenius is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). In May 2013 she completed a Ph.D. in political science at the University of California Berkeley. Before starting at Berkeley, she pursued studies in political science and Hindi at Duke University, Delhi University and the University of Oslo.
Her areas of specialisation are comparative politics, comparative political economy, South Asian politics and research methods. In her dissertation, she explored the effects of electoral quotas for the Scheduled Castes in India. In other papers, she looks at political parties and electoral outcomes across India, variation in state capacity, how political choices affect development patterns, and issues of representation.
Caste quotas in politics and development outcomes
14 Apr 2016
To guarantee the political inclusion of the historically marginalised groups, electoral quotas have been in place for them in India since 1950. Analysing the constituency-level impact of quotas for Scheduled Castes in state assemblies, this column finds no detectable effects on overall development or redistribution to Scheduled Castes during 1971-2000. However, these quotas have had several important positive effects beyond development.
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