The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Why Representation Matters

the meaning of ethnic quotas in rural India
Faculty Scholarship
October 15, 2018
Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Dartmouth College

Bibliographic Reference

SIMON CHAUCHARD is an Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. He is the author of Why Representation Matters: The Meaning of Ethnic Quotas in Rural India (Cambridge University Press, 2017). He thanks Francisco Cantu, Lisa Björkman, Milan Vaishnav, Kaushik Koli, and Hanmant Wanole, as well as participants in seminars at CASI (Penn), Dartmouth College, and the MPSA and APSA annual meetings, for useful comments on this paper. Email: <>.

Executive Summary

Berry Baker Library, Dartmouth College, Cambridge University Press, LC : 2016058543, ISBN : 9781107125926, ISBN : 1107125928

Author: Simon Chauchard

Political representation and intergroup relations -- Untouchability in rural India: persistence and evolution -- Local representation in rural India: a view from the ground -- Theory: the impact of descriptive representation -- Quantitative methodology -- The material and tangible effects of descriptive representation -- The cognitive impact of descriptive representation -- The effects of descriptive representation on interpersonal relations -- Descriptive representation and intergroup relations in comparative perspective.


Rockefeller Center Faculty Grant Proposal: Why do Thugs Win Elections? A Vignette-Experiment in North India

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences