Brief 30: Electoral Rules in Afghanistan

The sample for the study was composed of 250 villages–each with an average population of roughly 1,000 people–selected from ten districts spanning northern, northeastern, eastern, central, and western Afghanistan (southern areas were excluded due to security concerns). Half of the villages was randomly assigned to hold district elections and the other half to hold at-large elections. Under district elections, the village was split into geographically-defined districts and each villager could only vote for a single candidate residing in the same district.

Hyeon Seok (Tom) Yu
Email:  Institution / Affiliation : Stanford GSB  EGAP member: No 

Brief 42: Understanding the Failure of a Randomized Trial to Deepen Democracy in Rural India

This paper uses both a randomized controlled trial (RCT) and ethnography to evaluate the impact of a treatment consisting of three phased interventions at the GP level: 1) a one-week citizen engagement program culminating in the codification of village priorities in a village action plan; 2) meetings with local bureaucrats to secure funding and technical support for projects outlined in this plan; and 3) two years of monitoring and assistance with the implementation of these projects by state representatives known as Resource Persons (RPs).

Annabelle Wittels
Email:  Institution / Affiliation : University College London  EGAP member: No 
Yuri Zhukov
Email:  Institution / Affiliation : University of Michigan  EGAP member: No 
Danbee Lee
Email:  Institution / Affiliation : Rutgers University  EGAP member: No 
Audrye Wong
Email:  Institution / Affiliation : Princeton University  EGAP member: No 
Rachel E. A. Finlayson
Email:  Institution / Affiliation : Brigham Young University  EGAP member: No