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Doing Business in India by Dean Nelson

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Recognizing Corruption

Corruption is so widespread in India that the country is often described as “institutionally corrupt.” But it would be wrong to see the role of bribery as solely a monetary issue. India is a highly deferential society, and corruption is also a symbol of one’s place in the hierarchy: the size of bribes offered to an official are yardsticks of his or her power.

Corruption and authority

In a 2005 survey by the anti-corruption campaign group Transparency International (TI), more than 60 percent of Indian respondents said they had paid bribes to government officials. The police department was judged to be the most corrupt, followed by the judiciary, land administration, especially building plan approvals, and municipal services, ...

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