Young Professionals When Crime Pays: Money And Muscle In India

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World Affairs Council of Greater Houston says
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.

Milan Vaishnav, Ph.D. is a senior fellow in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His primary research focus is the political economy of India, and he examines issues such as corruption and governance, state capacity, distributive politics, and electoral behavior. His work has been published in scholarly journals such as India Review, India Policy Forum and Latin American Research Review. Vaishnav is a regular contributor to several Indian publications and the co-editor of the forthcoming book Rethinking Public Institutions in India. Previously, he worked at the Center for Global Development, where he served as a postdoctoral research fellow, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Vaishnav has taught at Columbia, Georgetown and George Washington Universities. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

Vaishnav's book, When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics, will be available for purchase and signing at the program.

***Heavy appetizers included.***
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By: World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

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