When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics

When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics by Milan Vaishnav

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Language English
Contributor(s) Milan Vaishnav
Binding Hardcover
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Product Details
Language English
Publication Date 2017-01-24
Publisher Harper Collins India
Contributor(s) Milan Vaishnav
Binding Hardcover
Page Count 434
ISBN 9352643127

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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 elections exist alongside rampant criminality? Why do political parties actively recruit candidates with reputations for wrongdoing? Why do voters elect (and even reelect) them, to the point that a third of state and national legislators assume office with pending criminal charges? In this eye-opening book, political scientist Milan Vaishnav takes readers deep into the marketplace for criminal politicians by drawing on fieldwork on the campaign trail, large surveys, and an original database on politicians’ backgrounds. The result is the first systematic study of an issue that has profound implications for democracy both within and beyond India’s borders.

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