Jennifer Bussell

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This concluding article returns to the broad question that motivates this special issue of Studies in Comparative International Development: Will the Digital Revolution constitute a revolution in development? In addressing this issue, we explore a number of common themes emphasized by the different contributions: the future of the North-South divide, the(More)
International organizations and multilaterals have played an important role in fostering recent interest in the potential to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to promote development (ICT4D). In addition to investment in specific projects, a substantial portion of this activity has involved research, analysis, and the production of public(More)
Digital technologies are sufficiently disruptive to current ways of doing things to call into question assumptions about the “inevitability” or “natural state” of many economic processes and organizational principles. In particular, the impact of digital technologies on our conceptions of property rights has potentially dramatic implications for the(More)
In the last decade many developing country governments made efforts to improve service delivery and access to information through the use of new information and communication technologies (ICTs). The character of these efforts, however, varies widely both across and within countries, resulting in continued inequality to access. What incentives influenced(More)
This study investigates the causes of variation in government policies to use information and communication technologies to improve service delivery to citizens. I ask why state governments in India vary in the number and type of services they offer to citizens through technology-enabled citizen service centers. I argue that politicians estimate the(More)
Scholars of ethnic politics suggest that electoral institutions and political leadership shape the political role of ethnicity, as well as the ethnic categories that are politically salient. For instance, the election of a Hispanic politician in the United States could weaken or strengthen the political role of constitutive ethnic categories, such as(More)
Local brokers are thought to possess fine-grained information on voters’ political preferences, material needs, and even social preferences. Research on clientelism assumes that brokers meet the most basic informational requirement of knowing voters’ partisan preferences, if not their votes. This assumption drives theoretical predictions on the types of(More)
ICTs have been drawn into the ‘development’ field as potential tools for poverty alleviation and economic and social development. There is not, however, a single accepted definition of ‘development’ in ICT for development (ICT4D) projects. The lack of a single definition has implications for the design, implementation, and evaluation of ICT4D initiatives.(More)
  • Andrej Tusicisny, Rachel Brule, +13 authors Gilles Verniers
  • 2012
This paper develops and tests a new model explaining under what conditions people from different ethnic groups cooperate and under what conditions they discriminate against an outgroup. It also uncovers what may be the true causal mechanism underlying the famous contact hypothesis. 402 subjects sampled from the slums of Mumbai, India, participated in a(More)
Seed–soil contact is important to ensure successful germination, however, there is a paucity of reported studies that have quantified the microstructure at and around this critical interface, mainly due to the opacity of soil. Here we describe a novel methodology to non-destructively calculate the seed–soil contact area using X-ray Computed Tomography.(More)