ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Ethnic Diversity and the Demand for Public Goods: Interpreting the Evidence from Delhi

Why do India's urban poor not make concerted efforts to demand public goods? Given the widespread deficits in public services, one would expect low-income groups to make claims on the state to improve them. However, collective action for public goods is at best short-lived and sporadic. Based on prior research, but also drawing from field studies in two low-income communities in the city-state of Delhi, this paper identifies the main reasons for the lack of effective demand for public goods.

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