Inequality and Politics

Is Corruption the Price We Pay for Democracy?

Is Corruption the Price We Pay for Democracy?


Corruption is the biggest issue for both developed and the developing countries. The major reason for corruption in younger democracies is inequality.Corruption and democracy go hand in hand, which means where there is democracy there corruption will also prevail. But is democracy only the cause? What we analyze in this paper is the reason for sharp increase in corruption post democratization, and whether the corruption in young democracies really necessary?Is corruption the cause for the loss of confidence in democratic institution?We answer these questions by looking into the history of democracy and corruption in different countries and finally articulating that how do these reasons apply to India.

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Posted by Suvid Chaturvedi in Number 2, Volume 3