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To investigate whether citizens can access public information and exercise their rights, MIT GOV/LAB is partnering with Twaweza to determine the success or failure rates of information requests at local district offices.
Does providing the poor with opportunities to learn new civic skills and interact with powerful local officials and politicians improve their ability to hold the government accountable for public service provision? Or does it lead to elite capture?
GOV/LAB is conducting a field experiment to explore the role of brokers and clientelism in accessing state services in Mexico.
Can automated and big data methods measure the transparency of government websites around the world? We're developing a tool to do just that.
GOV/LAB Seed Project: What motivates a citizen to comply or not comply with state or non-state actors? Understanding what motivates compliance and how citizens perceive risk can help states establish authority in contested environments.
GOV/LAB Seed Project: Do the benefits of higher education live up to expectations? What happens when graduates - who invested a great deal of time and money - realize that the labor market does not value their degree as expected?
Under what conditions do voters evaluate election candidates based on performance and programmatic considerations in dominant-party systems?
What do Ugandans most care about when selecting candidates for local office? How do citizen judge and act upon the legitimacy of elections and the quality of public goods provision?
How can governments engender compliance during a health crisis when citizens do not trust them?
Can women garner more government responsiveness by changing how they frame their public service requests?
How do government officials perceive citizen input provided through ICT channels versus citizen input provided through traditional channels?
Under what conditions do ICT channels for citizen input lead to more government responsiveness and citizen participation among individuals who are relatively marginalized?
How can online news sources frame information in a way that galvanizes online participatory action among those who have the economic and political capacity to participate?