Stage 3: Proof of Concept
With support from DIV, Abhijit Banerjee (MIT) and Rohini Pande (Harvard), with the Institute for Financial Management and Research in Chennai, will use a randomized control trial to evaluate how three novel types of voter mobilization campaigns can empower voters, create accountability mechanisms for politicians and improve services delivery.
Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance and Good Governance
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Funds Raised to Date
To evaluate how voter mobilization campaigns can empower voters, create accountability mechanisms for politicians and improve services delivery.
How does your innovation work?
The work both scales up and furthers previous studies by Banerjee, Pande, and others, which found that information, when publicly available, is highly valued and utilized, with a significant effect on voter behavior. The new study takes the next step of also evaluating changes in politician behavior, service delivery and the wellbeing of constituents.
Planned Goals and Milestones
The study will provide some of the first evidence on how Freedom of Information Acts can aid citizen movements to hold politicians accountable.