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Public Office, Private Interest: Bureaucracy and Corruption in India

S. K. Das


This volume is about political corruption and the use of public office for private gain in India. A merit-based bureaucracy was launched in the nineteenth century to control corruption. This system with its pay structure that rewarded civil servants for honest effort was seen as the best solution to political corruption. It was based on the assumption that if merit was made the basis of administration, it would exclude private interest. However, the merit-based civil service system failed to restrain corruption because the ruling politicians had preferences on how to use a public bureaucracy a ... More

Keywords: political corruption, public office, private gain, India, merit-based bureaucracy, civil servants, ruling politicians, new public management model

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195653823
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195653823.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. K. Das, author
Department of Space, Government of India, Bangalore