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Political parties, business groups, and corruption in developing countries Vineeta Yadav [Text]

By: Yadav, Vineeta.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York Oxford University Press c2011Description: xii,264p ill maps 24cm.ISBN: 9780199735914.Subject(s): Business and politics - Developing countries | Political corruption -- Developing countries | Political parties -- Developing countriesDDC classification: 324.2091724
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Political corruption is one of the globe's most pressing yet seemingly permanent problems. It is a root cause of low growth and inequality, and plagues numerous nations throughout the world in varying degrees. In Political Parties, Business Groups, and Corruption in Developing Countries,Vineeta Yadav tackles the puzzle of corruption by analyzing the role that business lobbying plays in it. She shows that the structure of a developing nation's legislative institutions frequently determines whether such institutions promote or restrain corruption.Combining focused studies of legislative institutions and business groups in India and Brazil with a broader survey of corruption in sixty four developing democracies, Yadav shows how systems with powerful parties rather than ones with powerful individual legislators encourage the most corruption. Arigorous comparative examination of the connections between political institutions, lobbying, and corruption, this work will reshape our understanding of how developing country democracies can both discourage and encourage bribery, vote buying, and influence peddling.

Bibliography: p231-250. - Includes index

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Figures (p. viii)
  • List of Tables (p. x)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xi)
  • 1 Introduction (p. 3)
  • 2 Institutions, Lobbying, and Corruption: A Theoretical Framework (p. 24)
  • 3 Case Studies: Legislative Institutions in Brazil and India (p. 57)
  • 4 Brazil and India: Legislative Institutions and Lobbying Behavior (p. 81)
  • 5 Brazil and India: Business Lobbying and Corruption (p. 114)
  • 6 Legislative Institutions, Party Control, and Corruption: The Empirical Evidence (p. 152)
  • 7 Conclusion (p. 188)
  • Appendix A (p. 207)
  • Appendix B (p. 209)
  • Notes (p. 213)
  • References (p. 231)
  • Index (p. 251)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Densely packed, meticulously researched, and compellingly argued, this is an importantly subtle contribution to the understanding of corruption and developing democracy. It offers a three-tiered investigation into why some developing democracies are more corrupt than others, what actors are the most impactful to that process, and what institutions might help mitigate the damage. The book attempts to conduct research in a manner that should become more common in the discipline, but is not wholly adopted: namely, using large sample quantitative analysis to produce robust theories with compelling evidence, and then further deepening and enriching those theories by investigating critical case studies--in this particular study, Brazil and India. Yadav (Pennsylvania State Univ.) gamely attempts to unpack processes and institutions that are horrifically complex and at times mind-numbingly dull--corruption and legislative institutions respectively--and does so to a large degree with a clear, simple writing style. Nevertheless, this work, in both its subject matter and method, is pretty heady stuff and likely truly useful only to those already fully versed in the issues and already working with these important questions. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections. M. D. Crosston Bellevue University

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