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Political-Business Relations in India

                                                                                                                                             David Parkins, The Economist

Crony capitalism has emerged as a major challenge in India. Political corruption raises costs and reduces efficiency and the resulting income transfers are often regressive. However, when politicians become businessmen, then the effects can be much more pernicious and pose systemic risks. Research in this area is hampered by poor data. This multi-year CASI project is attempting to build databases to shed light on this critical challenge facing India.  

Research Affiliates

Yamini Aiyar 

Senior Research Fellow

Director of Accountability Initiative

Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi


Baladevan Rangaraju

Director and Founder at India Institute




Michael Walton 

Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Senior Visiting Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi