ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Assessing the Benefits and Costs

There is no lack of assertions about the beneficial or detrimental effects of the reserved seats, and of the whole policy of compensatory discrimination. Yet any attempt to evaluate the working of reserved seats quickly founders for lack of evidence. Reliable data on the effects of these measures are sparse and spotty. But if the evidence is insuffi-cient for a definitive evaluation, it does permit us to make a tentative assess-ment of the working of reservations in the legislatures.

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