Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Thibaud Marcesse — Patronage Guaranteed? The Local Politics of the Right to Work. Public Policy Reform, Citizenship and Patronage in Rural India

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Friday, November 22, 2019

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Leung Conference Room, Stephen Robert '62 Hall, 280 Brook Street

Thibaud Marcesse is Assistant Professor of Comparative and South Asian Politics at Boston College. He received his Ph.D. in Government at Cornell University in 2018.

His research investigates the impact of institutional change in the field of poverty alleviation on the strategies pursued by political parties in rural India. In his dissertation, he focused specifically on the Right to Work Legislation that has been enforced in India since 2005, and its translation into public policy, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme or NREGS. His field work has led him to explore the distortions to policy implementation, and what these distortions tell us about the way political entrepreneurs attempt to capture public resources for political benefit.

Marcesse's broader research interests include the political economy of development, institutions, political parties, ethnicity and the politics of foreign aid. His research has been published in World Development.

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