Speaking on #CyrusSays, Carnegie’s Milan Vaishnav discussed his experiences in India interviewing politicians with criminal records for his book, When Crime Pays. He argued that while the people he met undoubtedly used some level of coercion, they were also liked because they were seen as getting things done for their community.

Vaishnav went on to talk about the similarities between Indian and U.S. politics, as well future avenues of research related to political institutions. After years studying corruption in India, he said, corruption in the United States now appears to be a relevant topic.

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