Democratic Participation

Degrees of fakery

Degrees of fakery

July 4, 2015

By Amulya Gopalakrishnan - The Times of India

The government's argument assumes that low levels of education are the reason for corruption, rather than intent or opaque and discretion-laden processes. "The digital delivery of transactions, say for MGNREGA, could reduce the opportunity for corruption," says Rohini Pande, economist and professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, who has extensively studied panchayati raj institutions.

Playing ‘truth or dare’ with governance

Playing ‘truth or dare’ with governance

April 9, 2015

By Suvojit Chattopadhyay - Live Mint

In an experimental study, Rema Hanna (Harvard University) and Shing-Yi Wang (University of Pennsylvania) reported on some lab experiments with senior university students in India designed to capture their propensity to cheat.

Propaganda and conflict: Evidence from the Rwandan genocide

Propaganda and conflict: Evidence from the Rwandan genocide

December 3, 2014

HKS Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

A 2014 paper [by David Yanagizawa-Drott] published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, “Propaganda and Conflict: Evidence from the Rwandan Genocide,” looks at the impact of Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM), a key media outlet for the Hutu-led government, on violence and killings of the Tutsi minority.

Watery Tea: A Novel Way to Measure the Influence of a Protest Movement

Watery Tea: A Novel Way to Measure the Influence of a Protest Movement

December 21, 2013

From the Print Edition - The Economist
HOW influential is the Tea Party? The anti-tax protests that erupted in 2009 have long since been hijacked by every right-wing group with the wit to add the words “Tea Party” to its letterhead. But new research suggests that the people whom left-wing pundits once dismissed as “teabaggers” made a big difference in the mid-term elections of 2010, when Republicans recaptured the House of Representatives.

Political protests change behavior, says study

Political protests change behavior, says study

October 24, 2013

The Harvard Crimson
By Quynh-Nhu Le
Political protests do not just show changing political preferences, but can actually cause political views and behaviors to change, according to a new research paper co-authored by assistant professors at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The researchers collated data on the first major Tea Party protests in April 2009 to conclude that initial attendance at the rallies impacted how conservatively citizens and elected officials voted afterwards.

Political strength will force the issue

Political strength will force the issue

January 10, 2013

The New York Times
By Nilanjana S. Roy
In the chaotic chorus of women’s voices that rose up in Delhi over the protests of the last few weeks, two demands stood out. One was for “justice,” which could mean either the justice of the courts, or the justice of the mob, and the other was for "azaadi," or freedom.

One of the first times that Indian women claimed that freedom was during the nascent movement for the country’s independence; they marched with Mahatma Gandhi, filled the jails alongside the men, and took an active part in the legislative assemblies.