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Battling Corruption: Has NREGA Reached India's Rural Poor?

Shylashri Shankar and Raghav Gaiha


How can the government and citizens become more responsive to each other in alleviating poverty and reducing corruption? The book tests several intuitions including whether vulnerable groups demand more from the state if they acquire information about government programs by attending public meetings and participating in social and economic networks such as self- help groups, or by occupying elected positions reserved for them. The book assesses the effectiveness of formal and informal mechanisms—political representation, community social audits, access to information, membership in networks, p ... More

Keywords: poverty, corruption, empowerment, NREGA, anti-poverty programs, networks, social audits, participation, vulnerable, responsiveness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780198085003
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198085003.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shylashri Shankar, author
Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

Raghav Gaiha, author
Retired Professor of Public Policy, Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi