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Published in: Public Choice 3-4/2019

02-03-2019 | Book Review

Milan Vaishnav, When crime pays: money and muscle in Indian politics. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017. xxiii + 410 pages. USD 40.00 (cloth)

Author: Shruti Rajagopalan

Published in: Public Choice | Issue 3-4/2019

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In India, one in three Members of Parliament face criminal charges. These are not always criminal charges related to political activity and civil disobedience, usually associated with politicians. One in five Members of Parliament face serious criminal charges like kidnapping, intimidation, extortion, murder, etc. Why do so many criminals stand for election in India, and why does the Indian electorate vote these criminals into office? These are the main questions explored masterfully in Milan Vaishnav’s book, When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics

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Title
Milan Vaishnav, When crime pays: money and muscle in Indian politics. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017. xxiii + 410 pages. USD 40.00 (cloth)
Author
Shruti Rajagopalan
Publication date
02-03-2019
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Public Choice / Issue 3-4/2019
Print ISSN: 0048-5829
Electronic ISSN: 1573-7101
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-019-00650-2

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