As a Lampert Fellow, Gullapalli worked under the direction of Michael Johnston
, Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science, exploring the “demand-side” of corruption, in Bangalore, India. The demand for corruption is grounded on the assumption that a bribe is necessary to ensure timely, or rather, less untimely service from a corrupt and lethargic bureaucracy.
Yet, based on oodles of evidence he gathered from those who had actually just used a governmental service, Gullapalli demonstrated that this assumption is actually wrong! Not only did Srikar challenge a major tenet of scholarship with this project, he also provided Internet-based tools to empower citizens in fighting corruption.
With his Watson Fellowship, Srikar will extend his study of local accountability structures and political dialogue. READ MORE