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Re: "Theorem" of Corruption




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There is of course an interesting question: does liberalisation by itself
lead to "cleaning up" or does "cleaning up" necessarily precede
liberalisation? 

I am not sure that the "liberalised" areas of Indian life are that much
cleaner than government-controlled areas of Indian life.... 

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Subject: Re: "Theorem" of Corruption
Author:  pshah (pshah@CA-F1.umd.umich.edu) at unix,mime
Date:    28.01.1999 00:34

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Arvind Kumar wrote:
     
> ---prabhu.guptara@ny.ubs.com wrote: 
> >
> > But you are right: I should include government 
> control in some sense among my
> > points - though I have not yet found a succinct way 
> of doing so in view of the
> > fact that some types of government control does not 
> seem to add to corruption
> > (eg. in Singapore - at least so far!). 
> >
>
> Maybe, the government should control only what it is 
> supposed to? Politics is one thing people are not
> very much particular about entering even in singapore. 
> If the government denies to the people what they want 
> and what they they should rightly have, I am sure it
> will lead to corruption.
>
> Heritage Foundation lists Singapore as the second
> most free country when it comes to Economic Freedom. 
>
> -Arvind
> __________
     
I agree with Arvind and would add that what i claimed was that no country we 
know is corrupt which doesn't also have extensive government control of the 
economy.  The converse is not always true--a centrally planned economy--the 
most extensive form of govt control--could be corruption free, at least if the 
"corruption" is defined in the traditional way.  Soviet Union or the present 
China were/are not seen to be corrupt countries.
     
Singapore has strict laws about drug use and spitting in public places but 
allows a great degree of economic freedom.
     
parth-
     
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