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Does democracy mean greater accountability and less corruption? Is press freedom a prerequisite for economic development? Should religious fundamentalists have a greater voice in government?

Comparative politics students will benefit from CQ Researcher's award-winning, non-partisan reporting that looks at today's most important problems, ranging from democratization and regime change to policies on immigration, welfare, and religion. Each essay identifies key players, explores what's at stake, and shows how past and current developments impact the future. Reports include maps, charts, a chronology, and a yes/no feature box.

India Rising
India rising
KenMoritsugu and RolandFlamini
New residential buildings rise above the slums of Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. Increasing industrialization and foreign investment have helped create a new middle class in India, but a quarter of the 1.1 billion population still lives on less than $1 a day.

A sea of slums greets passengers landing in teeming Mumbai, where thousands of tiny shacks squeeze right up to the airport fences.

The sprawling metropolis, formerly known as Bombay, is India's business capital. Fortunes are made on the city's soaring stock exchange, so-called Bollywood studios churn out more movies than Hollywood and film stars mingle with the young and wealthy at trendy clubs.

But the flashy goings-on are a world removed from the daily struggle to survive for most of ...

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