Judith Tendler, and learning from ‘good government’

On 24th July 2016, Judith Tendler, former Professor at the Department of Urban studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, passed away. She was 77. A Ph.D from Columbia University, Judith Tendler spent several years at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), before a long career as a Professor …

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Through the ‘Power lens’: why UPA remains a formidable force

Irrespective of all the economic and political disquiet, the ruling dispensation remains a formidable force - primarly due to its internal coherence regarding leadership.Lets look back at Steven Lukes and his analysis of 'power'. Lukes  introduced us to a three-dimensional view of power: a continuum in ways one can exercise power, ranging from coercion to …

Lobbying: what our Parliament should learn from the US’ Senate

In this age of blatant lobbying,The (US) Senate minority who last week blocked a vote on ending Big Oil subsidies received more than four times the oil and gas contributions than the 51 senators voting to end them. Exxon Mobil, the world’s most profitable corporation, has helped preserve these and other loopholes for oil and …