The political economy of energy access: survey evidence from India on state intervention and public opinion

Michaël Aklin, Patrick Bayer, S. P. Harish, Johannes Urpelainen

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Abstract

In India, where energy access is limited, how does the public react to the government's inability to provide citizens with basic energy services, such as electricity and clean cooking fuel? We answer this question using a survey conducted in two rural villages of Uttar Pradesh. First, we examine the association between a respondent's opinion on state intervention and policy failure. Specifically, we focus on whether people who believe in state intervention are likely to have lower levels of satisfaction with the government's energy access policies. Second, we examine the link between policy failure and the likelihood that people consider a political candidate's energy views in voting. We find that people's preference for government intervention has a negative effect on satisfaction levels with government policies, and that people who blame the government for policy failures are less likely to take a political candidate's energy policies into account when voting.

LanguageEnglish
Pages250-258
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy Research and Social Science
Volume10
Early online date28 Aug 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

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Keywords

  • energy access
  • energy poverty
  • India
  • public policy
  • voting

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