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Politics and Service Delivery: When Do Governments Fail Voters?

 A workshop organized by the 2004 WDR and DECRG
 Thursday, April 29, 2004  
 1:00pm - 1:30pm WHY DO DEMOCRACIES OFTEN FAIL TO DELIVER PUBLIC SERVICES TO THE POOR? 

Speaker: Shantayanan Devarajan, World Bank 
Chair: L. Alan Winters, World Bank 

 1:30pm - 3:15pm    ACCOUNTABILITY FAILURE I: LACK OF CREDIBILITY
“Non-credible governments are unaccountable governments”  
         Chair: L. Alan Winters, World Bank 
  • James Robinson, University of California, Berkeley: Politician-proof policy.
    (Download icon, type 3related paper 1)
  • Stephen Haber, Stanford University: Banking in the shadow of non-credible politicians. (Download icon, type 3related papers 1, 2, 3)  
  • Philip Keefer, World Bank: Political credibility and clientelism: The problem of public good provision when only clients matter.  (Download icon, type 3related papers 1, 2;
    Download icon, type 3joint papers with S. Khemani 1, 2)

Discussants: Stephen Knack, World Bank 
                   Anders Olofsgård, Georgetown University 

3:45pm - 5:30pm    ACCOUNTABILITY FAILURE II: LACK OF INFORMATION
“Uninformed citizen oversight is no oversight at all”  
          Chair: Lant Pritchett, Harvard University and World Bank
  • Tim Besley, London School of Economics: Does providing information to voters improve political accountability?  (Download icon, type 3related paper 1)
  • Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan: Necessary conditions for improving civic competence. (Download icon, type 3related paper 1)
  • David Strömberg, Stockholm University: Media access and political influence.

Discussants: Tara Vishwanath, World Bank 
                    Ritva Reinikka, World Bank 

 Friday, April 30, 2004
 9:00am - 10:45am STRENGTHENING ACCOUNTABILITY: CITIZEN ACTION  
“Paying off losers and organizing winners is not enough”  
         Chair: Junaid K. Ahmad, World Bank 
  • Digvijay Singh, former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, India (by video link) 
  • J. Edgardo Campos, World Bank 
  • Jayaprakash Narayan, Lok Satta, India (by video link) 
  • Joel Hellman, World Bank 
  • Stephen Ndegwa, World Bank 
11:15am - 1:00pmACCOUNTABILITY FAILURE III: SOCIAL POLARIZATION 
“Polarized citizens loosen the reins of accountability”  
         Chair: Michael Walton, World Bank 
  • Abhijit Banerjee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Who is getting the public goods in India?  (Download icon, type 3related papers 1, 2, 3)
  • Leonard Wantchekon, New York University: Ethnicity, gender, and demand for public goods: Experimental evidence from Benin.  (Download icon, type 3related paper 1)
  • Jean-Philippe Platteau, FUNDP, Namur: Community-based development is not a panacea: Some lessons from NGO experiences.  (Download icon, type 3related papers 1, 2, 3)

Discussants: Karla Hoff, World Bank 
                   Vijayendra Rao, World Bank 

2:00pm- 3:45pm  ACCOUNTABILITY: INSTITUTIONAL AND POLICY REFORMS 
“Increasing public expenditures is not enough” 
         Chair: Sanjay Pradhan, World Bank 
  • Jean-Paul Faguet, London School of Economics: Integrating interest groups, civil society and political competition: Local government post decentralization.
    (Download icon, type 3related paper 1)
  • Alberto Díaz-Cayeros, Stanford University: Private vs. public goods as electoral investments. Vote buying in the Programa Nacional de Solidaridad in Mexico (with Federico Estevez and Beatriz Magaloni). 
  • Stuti Khemani, World Bank: Delegating decisions on minimum basic services to an independent agency—can it make a difference?  (Download icon, type 3related papers 1, 2; Download icon, type 3joint papers with P. Keefer 1, 2)

Discussants: Rohini Pande, Yale University 
                   Ehtisham Ahmad, International Monetary Fund 

 4:15pm - 5:30pm  HARD TALK: WHAT CAN THE WORLD BANK DO?   
Moderator: Shantayanan Devarajan, World Bank 
Panelists: 
  • Jean-Louis Sarbib, World Bank 
  • Tim Besley, London School of Economics 
  • Shekhar Shah, World Bank 
  • Rosemary Stevenson, ED, World Bank
  • Julian Schweitzer, World Bank
  



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