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Title: WHAT’S IN A VOTE? THE EFFECT OF GROUP IDENTITY ON VOTER PERCEPTION OF MINORITY RESERVED PRESIDENTS: A CASE STUDY OF INDIAN VILLAGES
Authors: RIDHI BHATNAGAR
Keywords: Political Economy
Identity Politics
Public Goods Provision
Reservation
Issue Date: 5-Nov-2018
Citation: RIDHI BHATNAGAR (2018-11-05). WHAT’S IN A VOTE? THE EFFECT OF GROUP IDENTITY ON VOTER PERCEPTION OF MINORITY RESERVED PRESIDENTS: A CASE STUDY OF INDIAN VILLAGES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper explores the impact of group identity on voters’ perception of minority reserved presidents. I use data on the gender and caste identity of village presidents and voters to investigate voters’ rating of their presidents. I also study the relationship between presidents’ identity on the level of overall and differential provision of public and private goods as a measure of the presidents’ performance – which can influence voter perception. A cross-sectional analysis conducted at the household, habitation and Gram Panchayat (GP) levels suggests no significant impact of group identity on voters’ rating. While I observe some evidence for differences in overall public and private goods provision, I find limited effects of president identity on the differential provision of the same goods at the household, habitation and GP levels. Finally, I use this result to discuss the potential implications for goods provision and overall reservation policy.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/152097
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