Information, Accountability, and Cumulative Learning: Lessons from Metaketa I
Thad Dunning, Guy Grossman, Macartan Humphreys, Susan Hyde, Craig McIntosh, and Gareth Nellis (Eds.)
Cambridge University Press (2019)
Excerpt from the Preface
This book reports the results of a set of coordinated, large-scale field experiments on the relationship between informational interventions and political accountability. These studies, together with ancillary experiments and analyses reported in these pages, were planned and executied over several years by thirty-one researchers as part of the inaugural set of studies in the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) network’s Metaketa Initiative. We present in this book the substantive findings from this first group of studies, dubbed Metaketa I. We also introduce the Initiative’s novel research model, which aims to foster better cumulative learning through the planned integration of field experiments. Each of the authors of the individual chapters has contributed centrally to the development of this Metaketa approach, as well as to this volume’s substantive findings.