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We investigate political determinants of land reform implementation in the Indian state of West Bengal. Using a village panel spanning 1974-98, we do not find evidence supporting the hypothesis that these can be explained by differences in redistributive ideologies of the Left Front and the Congress party, i.e., their relative control of local governments. Instead, the evidence is consistent with the role of opportunism (re-election concerns) and electoral competition.doi:10.1257/aer.100.4.1572 fatcat:m3tmco77lvenppc6ghcxo5hp7y