Electing Women in Ethnically Diverse Societies

Under this international research project, we studied 2,500 respondents to understand the effects of caste, communal violence, and campaign effectiveness on electoral prospects for women in Bihar.

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PDAG secured this research project, awarded by the International Growth Centre (IGC), an initiative by London School of Economics(LSE) and University of Oxford (UoO) in early 2020. We worked as the managing institution and our partner Arindam Banerjee worked as the Co-Principal Investigator in collaboration with Principal Investigator, Dr Sayan Banerjee of University of Virginia, Co-Principal Investigator, Dr Charles Hankla of Georgia State University and Co-Principal Investigator, Dr Anjali Thomas of Georgia Tech.

The project aimed to comprehend and study the effects of factors like caste and communal violence on electoral prospects of women in Bihar. Extensive fieldwork was conducted across 4 districts of the state, namely Gaya, Jamui, Madhubani and Supaul covering 8 assembly constituencies (2 per district). Based on random sampling of electoral rolls, 2500 respondents were interviewed. Additionally, 50 Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) were conducted with Jeevika officials, female mukhiyas, party workers and female elected representatives.