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In her working paper ‘Navigating the State: Citizenship practice and the pursuit of services in Rural India,‘  Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston College; SAI Research Affiliate, examines patterns of state-targeted citizen claim-making in rural India, asking who makes claims on the state for public services, why, and how? These questions are critical to an understanding of state capacity and of citizenship practice, made all the more important in a global climate of public sector retrenchment and non-state service provision.

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The SAI Research Affiliates Program supports scholars who contribute to the academic study of South Asia on campus by bringing their expertise on a wide range of issues to the University. At the end of their term, they are required to submit a working paper based on they research the conducted while at Harvard.