Why Has Corruption in India Increased? |

Why Has Corruption in India Increased?


Economic liberalization in India was supposed to end the licence-permit raj, and with it a key source of corruption in the country.  However, if anything there is widespread belief that corruption has increased markedly in India especially in the last decade or so.  Why has this been the case? What are the main drivers and principal mechanisms that have shaped the “corruption eruption” in India?

The talk will focus on how changes in India’s politics, institutions, and its economy and society have affected corruption in India: the nature of political competition and the rise of coalition governments; the rise of regulatory state; the decline of public investment and the shifts in rents from “contracts” to “contract-ing”; and changing social norms that have affected both public and private morality.  Corruption appears to have increased precisely at a time when the state has been receptive to an expansion of rights and social welfare. Is this a correlation or causal?


Prof Devesh Kapur, Director, Center for Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, 29 May 2014
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-5,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

Seats are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Kindly register your interest online.

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