Benjamin Pasquale is an independent researcher. Ben received his Ph.D. in Politics from New York University in 2015. Ben was the Hayward R. Alker Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies at University of Southern California, also in 2015. Ben’s research, which has been supported by a National Science Foundation grant, focuses on the intersection of political violence, economic development and minority representation, with a regional focus on South Asia. This research has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science and the American Political Science Review.
When does politics work for development?
15 Jul 2016
Political interference in the bureaucracy is generally viewed with suspicion. Yet, in a democracy, should we not expect politicians to push bureaucrats to work for the best interests of citizens? This column shows that bureaucrats implement MNREGA much better in places where politicians are able to claim credit for improvements. This is good news for democratic accountability, and carries important implications for the design of development programmes.
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