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Journal Articles

  • "The Law’s Majestic Equality? The Distributive Impact of Judicializing Social and Economic Rights", with D.Brinks, Perspectives on Politics 12(2):375-393. June 2014.
  • "Too legal to work." The Indian Express, 1-2.2013.
  • "Inter-subjective Meaning and Collective Action Developing Societies: Theory, Evidence, and Policy Implications." with M. Woolcock, et al., Journal of Development Studies 49(1): 160-172. 2013.
  • "Redressing Grievances and Complaints Regarding Basic Service Delivery." World Development 41(1): 109-119. 2013.
  • "Human Rights Based Approaches to Development: Concepts, Evidence, and Policy." with S. Gloppen, Polity 44(4): 485–503. 2012.
  • "Global Poverty: Four Normative Approaches." with J. Sonderholm, Journal of Global Ethics 8 (2-3): 193-213. 2012.
  • “Education, Labor Rights, and Incentives: Contract Teacher Cases in the Indian Courts.”, with Nick Robinson, Comparative Law and Labour Policy Journal 32(4): 991-1022. July 2011.
  • "The cost of complying with human rights treaties: The convention on the rights of the child and basic immunization." The Review of International Organizations 6(1): 33-56. Feb. 2011.
  • "Customary Law and Economic Outcomes in Indonesia." Hague Journal on the Rule of Law 2(1): 75-94. 2010.
  • "Fundamental Rights and Public Interest Litigation in India: Overreaching or Underachieving?" Indian Journal of Law and Economics 1(1): 71-93. 2010.
  • "Boundary Institutions and HIV/AIDS Policy in Brazil and South Africa.", with E. Lieberman, Studies in Comparative International Development 41 (3): 47-73. 2006.
  • "Will more Inputs Improve the Delivery of Health Services? – Analysis of District Vaccination Coverage in Pakistan", with B. Loevinsohn and R. Hong, International Journal of Health Planning and Management 21(1,March),.2006.
  • "NGOs in Bangladesh: Activities, Resources, and Governance.” with J. Galef, World Development 33(12, December). 2005.
  • "The Strategic Choices of NGOs: Location Decisions in Rural Bangladesh.", with A. Fruttero,  Journal of Development Studies 41(5, July).   |  Abstract
  • "Vouchers for Basic Education in Developing Countries: An Accountability Perspective.", with A. Vawda, World Bank Research Observer 19(2): 259-80. Fall 2004. |  Abstract
  • "Separating Financing from Provision: Evidence from Ten Years of Partnership with Health Cooperatives in Costa Rica.", with J. Cercone and R. Briceño, Health Policy and Planning 19(5): 292-301. September 2004.  |  Abstract
  • Social Rights and Economics: Claims to Health Care and Education in Development Countries, World Development 32(3):465-77. March 2004.
  • Immunization in Developing Countries: Its Political and Organizational Determinants? with P. Khaleghian, World Development 30 (12): 2109-32. December 2002.


  • Courting Social Justice: Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in the Developing World, with D. Brinks, Cambridge University Press. 2008.
  • School Choice in Chile: Two Decades of Educational Reform, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 1999.

Chapters in Books

  • “The Publicity ‘Defect’ of Customary Law,” Legal Pluralism and Development: Dialogues for Success. Caroline Sage, Brian Tamanaha, and Michael Woolcock, (eds.), Cambridge University Press. 2011, forthcoming.
  • "The Judicialization of Development," Deliberation and Development: New Directions. Patrick Heller and Vijayendra Rao, (eds.),  World Bank. 2011, forthcoming.
  • "The Elements of Legalization and the Triangular Shape of Social and Economic Rights", with D. Brinks, in Courting Social Justice. V. Gauri and D. Brinks (eds.), New York, Cambridge University Press: 1-37. 2008.
  • "A New Policy Landscape: Legalizing Social and Economic Rights in the DevelopingWorld", with D. Brinks in Courting Social Justice. V. Gauri and D. Brinks (eds.), New York, Cambridge University Press: 303-352. 2008.
  • "Human Rights and Health Systems", with C. Beyrer and D. Vaillancourt, in Public Health and Human Rights, Evidence-Based Approaches, C. Beyrer (ed.), Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press. 289-329. 2007.
  • "Social Rights and Economics: Claims to Health Care and Education in Developing Countries", in Human Rights and Development: Towards Mutual Reinforcement, P. Alston and M. Robinson (eds.), Oxford University  Press. 2005.
  • "Are Incentives Everything? Payment to Health Care Providers" in Spending Wisely: Buying Health Services for the Poor, A. Preker and J. Langenbrunner (eds.), World Bank. 2005.
  • "Contracting Primary Health Care Services: The Case of Costa Rica", with J. Cercone and R. Briceño, in Health Systems Innovation in Central America, G. La Forgia (ed.), World Bank. 2005.

Other Papers

Data Sets

  • NGOs as Service Providers: Data from Bangladesh.
    These data sets include information on the activities, uses of funds, sources of funds, staffing, and network linkages for a random sample of over 300 NGOs in the country. Each NGO data set is linked to a randomly selected focus group of NGO users that evaluates the work of each NGO. The data were collected in 2002 and 2003. [Available on request from
     Varun Gauri.]

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