Bhagwati’s ‘ab ki baar…’ politics

In my latest livemint column, I write about Bhagwati and his politics – in openly supporting Narendra Modi, even writing a letter to the Economist magazine defending Modi’s governance record. But is a Modi sarkar going to be all that Bhagwati and his protege Panagariya would have us believe? “…in supporting Modi, Bhagwati credits much…

How Congress took one for the family

In my latest livemint column, I write about the sorry state of the Congress party in the ongoing elections. This column was written over a week back and in the meanwhile, we have seen the pathetic attempts by Priyanka Gandhi to occupy centre-stage, while senior ministers have continued to shy away from the public glare.…

Allowing ‘revisibility’ in decisionmaking

This is a joint post with Heather – fifth in our series on decisionmaking. Now also on the World Bank PSD blog *** Throughout this series of posts (1, 2, 3, 4), we have considered two main issues. First, how can evidence and evaluation be shaped to be made more useful – that is, directly useable – in…

One year of decentralisation and turf wars in Kenya

Ken Opalo has a great post on decentralisation in Kenya. He writes: Kenya’s new government structure has 47 capitals handling billions of shillings each year. If all else fails, the system will at least create strong politically autonomous regional elites with sufficient power to check Nairobi. And that is a fantastic thing. Already a few governors…