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Submitted by Sinchan Mitra on
I liked your observation about India having voice and China having accountability. In India, the accountability mechanisms that would ensure that the government remains accountable to its citizens are weak. There is very little effective monitoring of public spending and millions of rupees spent on infrastructure/social programs are siphoned of by corrupt/inefficient officials who have little fear of consequences. Whereas, paradoxically in China, the Communist Party has succeeded in creating an incentive structure that rewards/penalizes Party officials for succeeding/failing to achieve development targets set by the Party. This shows that we cannot think about the impact of Indian style democracy and Chinese style authoritarianism on development outcomes in terms of broad generalizations that we often see in the media on this issue.