Analyzing and Addressing Intermittent Public Services: Insights from Bangalore's Water Sector


Thursday, April 26, 2018, 4:15pm to 5:30pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200 North

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Join Alison Post, Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Metropolitan Studies, and Co-Director of the Global Metropolitan Studies Program, in discussion. Candelaria Garay, Associate Professor of Public Policy, HKS, will moderate. 

Services delivered through infrastructure, such as water and sanitation, electricity, and mass transit are central to urban livelihoods. Throughout the Global South, many of these services are delivered only intermittently. Water may only arrive every few days, and electricity may be disrupted repeatedly in the space of a few hours.  Who is affected most by intermittency, and how can the burdens associated with intermittent services be alleviated? Through a discussion of water services in Bangalore, India, this presentation will analyze which groups bear the largest burdens imposed by intermittent service, describe a field experimental evaluation of a program intended to reduce the coping costs associated with intermittency, and explain political barriers to reform.  


4.26.18 Comparative Democracy Seminar Series with Allison Post


About the Comparative Democracy Seminar Series

The Ash Center’s Comparative Democracy Seminar Series, run by Candelaria Garay, Associate Professor of Public Policy, and Quinton Mayne, Associate Professor of Public Policy, brings innovative scholars in the field of comparative democracy to the Kennedy School to present their research.  Seminars have focused on topics as diverse as compulsory voting, the influence of Christian churches on public policy, the crisis of representation in Latin America, and the oil curse in the Middle East.