I did an interview this week with Democracy Audit UK, a research organization focused on democracy and housed at the London School of Economics (LSE), on my forthcoming book, When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics.
Here’s a snapshot:
A candidate with criminal allegations hanging over them will repel voters – or will they? Not necessarily. In India, a third of the MPs elected in 2014 faced an ongoing criminal case. Milan Vaishnav, the author of a new book about the nexus of crime and democracy in India, talks to Ros Taylor about the appeal of a strongman who can ‘get things done’, even if it means breaking the law – and considers whether some US voters share the same instincts.
You can read the whole interview here.