The Political Economy of Government Responsiveness: Theory and Evidence from India

The paper explores the role of democratic institutions and mass media in ensuring that the preferences of citizens are reflected in policy. The research shows that in India, state governments are more responsive to falls in food production and crop flood damage via public food distribution and calamity relief expenditure where newspaper circulation is higher and electoral accountability greater.

Year Country Author Type
2002 India Besley, T. and Burgess, R. academic paper
Theory of Change Keywords Download/link
Intermediate Outcome 2 accountability, government Download/link

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