Climate adaptation, decentralized planning, and broader trajectories of political transformation

Published: 04-11-2020| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/9yckx4cwjh.1
Harry Fischer


Quantitative data was drawn from 35 panchayats (local governmental units) in the Baijnath and Lambagaon Blocks of the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Panchayats were purposefully selected to vary on key dimensions of socio-economic status, caste and ethnic composition, and distance from regional urban centers. Within each panchayat, 40 households were randomly selected to conduct household level surveys about project benefits and engagement in panchayat politics, thus comprising a total sample size of 1400 households. The data includes variables describing households’ socio-economic status as well as their benefits from projects built under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The data also describes 798 projects built under the MGNREGA, which is the total number of projects that the research team was able to identify that were undertaken in the study villages until the year 2012. Perceived positive and negative impacts were coded into distinct impact “types” to enable comparison of different kinds of impacts across projects in the sample. For example, open ended answers that indicated projects had improved water availability for irrigation, livestock, and other purposes were coded as having improved water availability for each of these purposes. Surveys were administered by a team of trained field assistants between July 2013 - May 2014. The data is complementary to qualitative analysis presented in the published article. The author welcome any further questions or enquiries.