How do developing states decide who gets access to public goods like electricity, water, and education? Power and the Vote breaks new ground by showing that the provision of seemingly universal public goods is intricately shaped by electoral priorities. In doing so, this book introduces new methods using high-resolution satellite imagery to study the distribution of electricity across and within the developing world. Combining cross-national evidence with detailed sub-national analysis and village-level data from India, Power and the Vote affirms the power of electoral incentives in shaping the distribution of public goods and challenges the view that democracy is a luxury of the rich with little relevance to the world's poor.
Brian Min is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. His dissertation received the 2011 Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics from the American Political Science Association. Min's articles have appeared in World Politics, American Sociological Review, and Annual Review of Political Science. He has received grants from the World Bank, the International Growth Center, and the National Science Foundation. Min received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, MPP from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and BA from Cornell University.