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