Effective States and Inclusive Development

Do Gram Panchayat leaders favour their own constituencies in MNREGA fund allocation?

By Dr Subhasish Dey and Prof Kunal Sen 3 January 2017* Political incentives are known to play a role in the allocation of public resources from upper- to lower-tier governments. This column seeks to examine whether ruling parties in local governments favour their own constituencies in

Is partisan alignment electorally rewarding? Evidence from village council elections in India

Working paper 63 Download pdf Subhasish Dey and Kunal Sen Do ruling parties positively discriminate in favour of their own constituencies in allocating public resources? If they do, do they gain electorally in engaging in such a practice? This paper tests whether partisan alignment ex

Spotlight on Subhasish Dey

  23 May 2016   Subhasish completed his PhD at The University of Manchester in January 2016. He is an ESID research associate on the  world’s biggest employment guarantee programme of India, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. He was also recently

MNREGA, India’s Rural Employment Guarantee – 10 years on

    22 March 2016 Professor Kunal Sen     For the tenth anniversary of  MNREGA, our Research Director, Professor Kunal Sen, evaluates whether MNREGA has achieved its broader development objectives. He also looks at why the programme’s implementation has been challe

Spotlight on an ESID researcher: Indrajit Roy

17 February 2016 What is your educational background? My first degree was in history, from the University of Delhi. Then I did a Masters in Social Work, which as a subject in India is closer to Development Studies. I then worked with international NGOs in India for several years, espe

Political commitment in India’s social policy implementation: Shaping the performance of MGNREGA

Working paper 50 Download pdf Deepta Chopra Abstract This paper contributes to the empirical understanding of the concept of commitment and the role it plays in shaping India’s social policy implementation. Taking the case of the landmark policy, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Empl

Dr Subhasish Dey

Role Subhasish is working with ESID as a Research Associate on the MGNREGA project in India. He completed his PhD at the Economics Department of the University of Manchester in January 2016. By training he is an empirical development economist. Research Subhasish’s primary resea

Class politics and social protection: the implementation of India’s MGNREGA

Working Paper 46 Download pdf Indrajit Roy Abstract In this paper, I direct attention to the role of class politics in shaping the outcomes of social protection interventions. I highlight the ways in which class politics is constituted by the interaction of class relations and the bal

How commitment and class relations shape MGNREGA implementation in India

Briefing No. 11 Employment outcomes for MGNREGA vary significantly across states, despite similar implementation mechanisms. Research indicates that MGNREGA implementation relies on the supply of work provided, rather than the demand for it. ‘Political commitment’ to policy implementa

Is NREGA reaching its end?

19 January 2015 [29 December 2014, original post]. By Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay. Is the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) suffering a midlife crisis or are we staring at its death? From a budget of ₹401 billion in 2010-11, it has plummeted to ₹330 billion