A project examining clientalism and accountability in West Bengal is outlined. Clientelism refers to strategic transfers made by political parties and governments to poor and disadvantaged groups as a means of securing their votes, in an effort to consolidate political power.
Pranab Bardhan; Dilip Mookherjee. Political Clientelism and Government Accountability in West Bengal: Theory and Evidence (IGC Policy Brief). International Growth Centre (IGC), London, UK (2010) 2 pp. [IGC Policy Brief 2010-12-002]