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Book:When crime pays : money and muscle in Indian politics / Milan Vaishnav.:[2017] Book When crime pays : money and muscle in Indian politics / Milan Vaishnav.
When crime pays : money and muscle in Indian politics / Milan Vaishnav.
Author: Vaishnav, Milan
Publication year: [2017]
Language: English
Call Number JQ229.C6 V35 2017
Media class: Book
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300216202 0300216203
Extent: xxiii, 410 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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"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? [This study] 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"--Publisher description.
Part I. Lawmakers and lawbreakers: the puzzle of Indian democracy -- The rise of the rents Raj: India's corruption ecosystem -- Part II. Criminal enterprise: why criminals joined politics -- The costs of democracy: how money fuels muscle in elections -- Doing good by doing bad: the demand for criminality -- The salience of social divisions: how context shapes criminality -- Part III. Crime without punishment: from deep roots to proximate causes -- An entrenched marketplace: rethinking democratic accountability -- Appendix A: details of the affidavit dataset -- Appendix B: details of Bihar voter survey -- Appendix C: details of Lok social attitudes survey.

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