When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics

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Yale University Press, Jan 24, 2017 - History - 384 pages
The first thorough study of the co-existence of crime and democratic processes in Indian politics

In India, the world s largest democracy, the symbiotic relationship between crime and politics raises complex questions. For instance, how can free and fair democratic processes exist alongside rampant criminality? Why do political parties recruit candidates with reputations for wrongdoing? Why are one-third of state and national legislators elected and often re-elected in spite of criminal charges pending against them? In this eye-opening study, political scientist Milan Vaishnav mines a rich array of sources, including fieldwork on political campaigns and interviews with candidates, party workers, and voters, large surveys, and an original database on politicians backgrounds to offer the first comprehensive study of an issue that has implications for the study of democracy both within and beyond India s borders.
 

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Contents

Part I
3
Indias Corruption Ecosystem
25
Part II
69
How Money Fuels Muscle
115
The Demand for Criminality
157
How Context Shapes
205
From Deep Roots
245
Rethinking Democratic
281
Details of the Affidavit Dataset
313
Details of Bihar Voter Survey
329
Index
401
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Milan Vaishnav is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. He was previously a fellow at the Center for Global Development and has taught at Columbia, George Washington, and Georgetown Universities.

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