About the Speaker:
Francesca R. Jensenius is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). She specializes in comparative politics and comparative political economy, with a focus on India. Her work on elections, political representation, and development in India have appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Asian studies, AEJ Applied Economics, Party Politics,and Asian Survey. She is also the author of Social Justice Through Inclusion: The Consequences of Electoral Quotas in India (Oxford University Press, 2017). She earned her Ph.D. from University of California Berkeley in 2013.
About the Lecture:
Across the world, governments design and implement policies with the explicit goal of promoting social justice. But can such institutions change entrenched social norms? And what effects should we expect from differently designed policies? In this lecture, Francesca R. Jensenius will present key findings from her recent book, Social Justice Through Inclusion, about the long-term consequences of reserved seats for the Scheduled Castes (SCs, the former "untouchables") in India's legislative assemblies.