Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Simon Chauchard ─ Who Influences Voters in Rural India? An Experimental Approach

Friday, November 18, 2016

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Harvard University, S153, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Reception to follow

Simon Chauchard is an Assistant Professor in the Government Department at Dartmouth College, and a faculty affiliate in the Asia and Middle Eastern Studies program. Chauchard received his Ph.D. in 2011 from NYU.

His research focuses on ethnic politics, voting behavior, clientelism, political representation and politicians-citizens relations in India. Recent works have appeared in Political opinion Quarterly, the American Political Science Review andComparative Political Studies. His book manuscript, titled Political Representation and Intergroup Relations in Rural India (forthcoming at Cambridge University Press), combines ethnographic work and a series of innovative surveys to explore the impact of caste-based reservation policies on everyday intergroup relations in India’s villages. Ongoing projects rely on qualitative and experimental methodologies to explore the role that money and other forms of influence play in Indian elections.

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