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Political Parties, Business Groups, and Corruption in Developing Countries [Kindle Edition]

Vineeta Yadav

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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. A rigorous 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.

Editorial Reviews


"Vineeta Yadav's book is full of brilliant insights, fascinating paradoxes, and compelling empirical narratives about corruption and lobbying Brazil, India, and other developing countries. Counter-intuitively, Yadav finds that strong political parties in developing country democracies can lead firms' lobbying efforts to tend toward political corruption. Yadav's book is essential reading for scholars, policy makers, and managers who do business in emerging markets."--Rawi Abdelal, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

"Yadav argues, against conventional wisdom, that developing countries with strong legislative parties are more rather than less likely to succumb to lobbying pressure and systemic corruption. Based on extensive original data on the incidence and effects of corporate lobbying in India and Brazil as well as large-n data analysis of many other countries, Yadav's work is substantively important and technically sophisticated. This will be indispensable reading for scholars of the political economy of development."--Frances Rosenbluth, Professor of Political Science, Yale University

"...careful empirical work...."--Richard N. Cooper, Foreign Affairs

"Densely packed, meticulously researched, and carefully argued, this is an importantly subtle contribution to the understanding of corruption and developing democracy. ...Highly recommended."--CHOICE

About the Author

Vineeta Yadav is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University. She was a fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University and at the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame. Her research and teaching interests include business-government relations, special interest lobbying, legislative politics and economic development with a special focus on China, Brazil and, India.

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  • File Size: 3262 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X5K0JO
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