When Crime Pays: Money And Muscle In Indian Politics by Milan VaishnavWhen Crime Pays: Money And Muscle In Indian Politics by Milan Vaishnav

When Crime Pays: Money And Muscle In Indian Politics

byMilan Vaishnav

Hardcover | January 24, 2017

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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 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 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.
Title:When Crime Pays: Money And Muscle In Indian PoliticsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.12 inPublished:January 24, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300216203

ISBN - 13:9780300216202


Editorial Reviews

“Voters are not necessarily blind to the predilections of the political class: many voters vote for politicians because, rather than in spite, of their criminal reputations,” Vaishnav writes. Why? The author’s explanation, at once persuasive and tragic, is that each has something to gain.”—James Crabtree, Financial Times