By William Gould
Offering a clean method of the problem of presidency and administrative corruption via 'everyday' citizen interactions with the kingdom, this e-book explores altering discourses and practices of corruption in past due colonial and early autonomous Uttar Pradesh, India. the writer strikes clear of assumptions that the country can essentially be linked to the pinnacle degrees of presidency, and appears at voters' ways to neighborhood point bureaucracies and police. The important argument of the publication is that deeply 'institutionalised' corruption in India might merely have occur in the course of the workout of specific long-term customs of interplay among firms of the kingdom - govt servants and police, and their interactions with neighborhood politicians. as the social hierarchies that such interactions are advanced by way of person and relatives connections to kingdom employment, classes of anxious kingdom transformation result in a reconfiguration within the that means of corruption within the neighborhood kingdom. in accordance with primary basic resources and huge box interviews, this ebook may be of curiosity to lecturers engaged on political technology and Indian and South Asian history.
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This involved 56 interviews with ICS/IAS, police and Provincial Civil Service (PCS) cadres, and members of citizens’ ‘anti-corruption’ lobbying groups between October 2004 and May 2008. The majority have been used directly in this book. Most of these interviews took place in the Lucknow region, although some of the IAS interviews took place in Noida and Delhi. 66 Whereas researching upper levels of the civil service in this way was reasonably easy, access to retired PCS officers and subordinate cadres was more difficult to establish.
Wherever possible, questions and interruptions were kept to a minimum, to allow for a free-flowing narrative. In all cases, interviewees were happy to talk about ‘corruption’ and in nearly all cases volunteered information on the subject with no prompting. Indeed, in around half of the interviews, it became one of the principal subjects in officers’ descriptions of their experiences. However, it was also the case that nearly all those interviewed found it hard if not impossible to keep their observations fully tied to the period leading up to the mid 1960s: their feelings about governance, political ‘interference’ as they saw it in administration, and general ‘corruption’ were naturally coloured by contemporary events.
Naturally, much of the official material dealing with internal ‘scandals’ has been weeded out of records offices. Often, files would make references to other files, which were not available, and only rarely did events reported in the newspapers link directly to the contents of the government records archives. Nevertheless, enough remained to certainly get a detailed sense of how discourses of corruption changed over the period, as well as the systematic nature of corruption mechanisms in some specific cases.
Bureaucracy, Community and Influence in India: Society and the State, 1930s - 1960s by William Gould