This introduction discusses the theme of this volume, which is about the two paradigms designed to control corruption in India. These include the older paradigm which is in ferment, and the new one which offers a solution to the paradigmatic puzzle. The older paradigm, that is, merit-based bureaucracy, has failed to control corruption, and public bureaucracy in India today is rated as one of the most corrupt in the world. The alternative public management model or ‘new managerialism’ emphasizes that corruption is best fought when systematic efforts are made to inform citizens about their rights and entitlements, and empower them to resist corruption, thus, giving them the leading role in anti-corruption efforts.
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