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PH.D.-profil: Amit Kumar Shrivastava

PhD topic: Corruption and International Aid: Comparative case study of Primary Education Programme in West Bengal (India) and Bangladesh

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Abstract                                    

Corruption remains one of the biggest challenges to deal with in the internationally aided programmes in the recipient countries. The aim of this thesis is to explore how and why corruption in international aid differs in two regions or countries which have more or less similar socio-cultural environments? By using qualitative comparative case studies through extensive fieldwork at micro-level, this study explores; a) how the various typology and forms of corruption occur through formal and informal actors and formal and informal institutions in the international aided primary education programme in India and Bangladesh. b) Among public officials, who will be corrupt, who will not and why? c) How and why the political-economic and socio-cultural mechanisms in West Bengal (India) and Bangladesh are generating, sustaining, proliferating (political and bureaucratic) corruption on the one hand and may constraining its scopes on the other hand in these countries? d) What are the implications? The theoretical implications are that by using the state-centred or society-centred or market-centred framework alone will not able to address the deeper structure or the processes and mechanism through which it operates or constrained. Therefore, I have developed a holistic triangular integrated state-society-illegitimate market framework, which makes it possible to identify and analyse various factors as to how and why the political, economic and socio-cultural mechanisms in West Bengal (India) and Bangladesh are generating, sustaining, proliferating (political and bureaucratic) corruption as well as constraining its scopes in the internationally aided primary education programmes.