“In India, as elsewhere in the developing world, the old business of corruption is meeting a new rival: the Washingtonstyle business of persuasion.” So commented columnist Anand Giridharadas in the May 18, 2006, edition of the International Herald Tribune. Lobbying and bribery are both time-honored ways to seek influence. The most important difference between them, according to economist Bård Harstad of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, is not that on…

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