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Can Mandated Political Representation Increase Policy Influence for Disadvantaged Minorities? Theory and Evidence from India
A basic premise of representative democracy is that all those subject to policy should have a voice in its making. However, policies enacted by electorally accountable governments often fail to refle...
Category : Development Studies
by thiruppathi P | On 01 Apr 2003
Disputes, (de)Politicization and Democracy: Interstate Water Disputes in India
Interstate water disputes in India often prolong over long periods and tend to recur. The Cauvery dispute tribunal was constituted in 1990 and the final award was given in 2007, after 17 years. The...
Category : Water
by Ajit Phape | On 01 Jan 2012
The ASEAN Economic Community: Progress, Challenges, and Prospects
Serious efforts at economic integration among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members started only in 1992. Initial obstacles included the widespread pursuit of import substitution...
Category : International Trade
by Siow Yue Chia | On 01 Oct 2013
Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement: Law and Politics
This working paper explores key issues in the new Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement (LARR) Bill’s attempt at ‘balance’ within the larger political context of land acquisition in India....
Category : Indian Economy
by Kondapi Srinivas | On 01 Jan 2013
Taming Food Inflation in India
High food inflation, which has averaged 10% during FY 2008-09 to December 2012, has been a major concern for policy makers in India. This is all the more important as an average household in India sti...
Category : Indian Economy
by Ashok Gulati | On 01 Apr 2013
Conceptualising Social Security And Income Redistribution
This paper offers a conceptualisation of social security and income redistribution schemes which highlights the strong overlaps between the two. Indeed, it is virtually impossible to disentangle the t...
Category : Social Security
by Ravi Kanbur | On 27 Jul 2010
Some Notes on the Conceptual Foundations of the MDG Process
Before we can assess where we are with the MDG Process, we need to be clear about what the objectives are of setting the MDGs and the MDG Process. In order to do this, two fundamental questions need t...
Category : Millenium Development Goals-MDGs
by Ravi Kanbur | On 21 Sep 2010
Knowledge Work and Human Rights in the Cybercultural Age
The current knowledge economy in terms of their human rights component, the author argues, offers a space where demands and claims can be articulated. Websites, databases, documentation and archives a...
Category : Knowledge Studies
by Pramod K. Nayar | On 06 Apr 2010
Drug Regulation in the Philippines
Access to essential drugs is vital for the promotion of better health for the entire population. High prices of drugs are being used as an argument for greater government role in the drugs sector thro...
Category : Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
by Allan Grand A. Sobrepeña | On 24 Apr 2009
Regulatory Structure Under EC Competition Laws: Lessons for India
Competition law is different from other branches of law. It is not about the fairness or morality to be instilled in the actions which mark societal behaviour. Instead the rules of competition reflect...
Category : International Trade
by Tarun Jain | On 14 Jun 2009
Listen Up Economists, Why Might History Matter for Development Policy?
History matters, and it matters in important and interesting ways for policy  today. But it is not just actual events in the past. It is how they are recorded, interpreted,  and the interpretation...
Category : Development Studies
by Ravi Kanbur | On 22 Jul 2008
Gender and Innovation in South Asia
Women in South Asia have a great balancing act to perform, what with the dual burden of taking care of their homes and families and working outside the home or running a business. For them, mobili...
Category : Gender Studies
by Sujata Byravan | On 16 Feb 2008
EC Controversy: What are the Issues? EC Controversy: What Are the Issues
A comprehensive and logically rigorous analysis of the issues raised by the recommendation of the Chief Election Commissioner N.Gopalaswami for the removal of Election Commissioner Navin Chawla, the...
Category : Elections, Election Commission of India
by Ramaswamy R. Iyer | On 30 Mar 2009
Affective Cosmopolitanism Ashis Nandy’s Utopia
Ashish Nandy’s utopia is based on a particular view of cosmopolitanism – one that acknowledges and acts upon suffering as a global feature irrespective of geographical and historical location. Nandy’s...
Category : Critical Theory
by Pramod K. Nayar | On 01 Oct 2008
Global Financial Turmoil and India’s Look East Policy
The ongoing global financial turmoil represents an end of an era of exuberant financial capitalism. But the transition to a more sedate and scaled down financial sector will be traumatic for the world...
Category : Global Economy
by Mukul Asher | On 15 Oct 2008
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