Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Politics and International Relations
Nancy Neiman Auerbach
© 2017 Kohsheen S. Sharma
This paper uses state-level variation in the implementation of the 73rd amendment in India to observe the relationship between political reservations for women in local government and female child mortality. Nationally, reservations for women are not associated with a statistically significant difference in female child mortality. However, a state by state analysis shows variations in the level of impact of reservations on the topic of female child mortality. This paper examines the constraints on female representatives and their level of effectiveness in executing pro-female policies given the political and social environment. The two case studies on Kerala and Haryana explore women office holder’s abilities to administer public goods that favor women and children and the subsequent impact on female child mortality.
Sharma, Kohsheen, "Voices of Women: The Impact of Women's Political Reservations on Female Child Mortality in India" (2018). Scripps Senior Theses. 1134.
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