Political science Ph.D. candidate David Endicott recently traveled to India, where he laid the groundwork for his dissertation research on fiscal federalism and distributive politics. Endicott’s travels were funded by IU Bloomington’s Ostrom Workshop, which provided eight research grants to support emerging scholarship amongst postdoctoral and graduate students in the social sciences.
During his trip, Endicott interviewed politicians, journalists, and labor activists in Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata, and was able to identify a critical research question: how does funding at the local, state, and national levels impact the behavior of political actors? Endicott plans to return to India, where he will leverage the connections he forged over the summer to gather data to answer this question.
Read more about the Ostrom Workshop's research grant recipients on Through the Gates.