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Political Clientelism and Capture: Theory and Evidence from West Bengal, India

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  • Bardhan, Pranab
  • Mookherjee, Dilip

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We provide a theory of political clientelism, which explains sources and determinants of political clientelism, the relationship between clientelism and elite capture, and their respective consequences for allocation of public services, welfare, and empir

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number UNU-WIDER Research Paper WP2012/97.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Keywords: clientelism; elite capture; service delivery; government accountability; corruption; political reservations;

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