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By William Gould

ISBN-10: 0415776643

ISBN-13: 9780415776646

Offering a clean method of the difficulty 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 self sufficient Uttar Pradesh, India. the writer strikes clear of assumptions that the kingdom can basically be linked to the head degrees of presidency, and appears at voters' techniques to neighborhood point bureaucracies and police. The significant argument of the publication is that deeply 'institutionalised' corruption in India might basically have happen during the workout of specific long-term customs of interplay among businesses of the country - govt servants and police, and their interactions with neighborhood politicians. as the social hierarchies that situation such interactions are complex by means of person and kinfolk connections to kingdom employment, classes of stressful kingdom transformation result in a reconfiguration within the which means of corruption within the neighborhood kingdom. in line with significant basic assets and huge box interviews, this booklet could be of curiosity to lecturers engaged on political technology and Indian and South Asian history.

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36 These similarities in bureaucratic language were perhaps partly explained by the slow transformation in the social characteristics of the IAS and its relationship to other levels of the bureaucracy. 4 per cent of total direct recruits into the IAS were offspring of government servants. The IAS, like the ICS was (and still is today) considered a highly attractive career, something which is demonstrated by the extent to which officers were able to command large dowries. V. Shastri, a retired District Collector, noted how in the early 1950s, the District Collector, despite the declining glamour of the post, was still considered to be ‘one among many’ – who could wine, dine and exercise influence, and ‘open Downloaded by [INFLIBNET Centre] at 06:46 30 August 2012 Administrative power and public morality 31 schools and hospitals, inaugurate conferences, distribute prizes and medals .

That such an effort should appear in the late 1930s, in the aftermath of a period of constitutional reform and accelerating Indianisation was not surprising, given the powerful and long-standing colonial notions of racial and moral distance. The sense of challenge and adventure in the ICS was publicised in a more direct fashion, and it was through these efforts that some of the (newly reinforced) ethical qualities underlining an idea of civil service esprit de corps were underscored. In other words, the core elements of the bureaucratic esprit de corps, threatened in a racial and social sense by Indianisation and rapid political change in the mid to late 1930s, were enhanced and exaggerated.

2 Administrative power and public morality Downloaded by [INFLIBNET Centre] at 06:46 30 August 2012 Hierarchy and corruption in late colonial and early independent UP This chapter examines the links between cultures of ‘corruption’ and official perceptions of public morality across administrative spheres in Uttar Pradesh. In the Introduction, we explored the common premise that ‘corruption’ is an unavoidable or even a necessary part of political transactions in a whole array of different contexts worldwide, in politics, government or business.

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