State failure in India: political-fiscal implications of the black economy

Auteur(s) : Roy, Rathin

Organisation : University of Sussex (UK). Institute of Development Studies

Editeur : 1996

Pages :

p. 22-30

Collection : IDS Bulletin, 27, 2

The underground or 'black economy' has been a source for considerable concern to Indian public policy analysts since the mid-1960s. In this article, authors argue that the black economy played a critical role in the softening of the government budget constraints in the 1980s. It reflects a decline in the fiscal surplus accessible to the State. The origins and disposition of black income are traceable, it is argued, to petty bourgeois groups rather than to direct 'corruption' of the type identified in the rent-seeking literature.

  • Corruption, Développement économique et social, Gestion de l'éducation, Administration centrale, Finances, Budgets, Gouvernance
  • Asie et Pacifique