Determining voting patterns

Why do people vote the way they do? Do people change their vote based on the information they get? Evidence from Delhi and Rajasthan

December 14, 2011

Speaker: Rohini Pande 

Nearly a quarter of the 543 elected members of the Indian Parliament have been charged with crimes, including rape and murder (Association for Democratic Reforms, 2009). Public services are often poor while public funds stay unutilised. The NGO Satark Nagrik Sangathan found that 53 of the 70 Members of the Delhi Legislative Assembly elected in 2008 had not fully used their local area development funds.

In this context, education campaigns for voters are being increasingly seen as a key method of empowering citizens in a democracy and demanding more effective leadership.

Rohini Pande will present some preliminary findings from a randomized evaluation assessing the effect of Pre-Election Voter Awareness in the urban slums of Delhi and the villages of Rajasthan. Read more about the study.

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