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Towards a new-age social contract

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Every society rests on a web of norms, institutions, policies, laws, and commitments to those in need of support. In traditional societies, such obligations are borne mostly by families and kin groups. In advanced economies, there is a greater burden placed on... More »

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Latin America’s long march sideways

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The year 2019 could have been a memorable one for Latin America, with new governments in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico promising change and a better future. It also looked like the year when Venezuela’s dictator, Nicolás Maduro, would finally fall, ending the w... More »

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An agenda for decent jobs in Africa

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Few people would think that Africa’s labour markets are the most dynamic in the world. Yet, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), African countries had some of the lowest unemployment rates in 2018. They include Niger (0.3%), Rwanda (1%), B... More »

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The ascent to power of surveillance capitalists

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Although we have only just begun to understand the harm internet platforms cause to public health, privacy, and competition, we will soon confront a more fundamental threat from Big Tech. At a time when the institutions of liberal democracy are already weak, G... More »

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Protecting competition in a digital age

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Digital technology continues to transform much of the global economy. The combination of Big Data, increases in computing power, and cloud-based systems has generated new services, and is rapidly changing existing industries. Platforms connecting different use... More »

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GST: Compensating for the growth slowdown

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Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated in the Rajya Sabha on December 12, that in 2017-18, the total cess collected was Rs 62,596 crore, of which Rs 41,146 crore was released to the states. By Sanjeev Nayyar The last GST Council meeting was a stormy affair... More »

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A bridge to achieving sustainable peace

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Peace is not a state of tranquility. Peace can come about only through dialogue, by bold actions that make the impossible possible, and by persistently looking for reasons why it is preferable. I like forests. If you take a close look, you will discover that t... More »

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The tech frontier for developing nations

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Rapid technological transformation will be a key feature of the economy well into the future. At the national, regional and global levels, frontier technologies are offering promising new opportunities, but are also introducing new policy challenges. The march... More »

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Demagogic stress and US constitutional growth

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The US is living through a remarkably convulsive period in its history. Donald Trump has reshaped the American presidency, and his norm-shattering behaviour has tested the US constitution in profound ways. He has placed stress on points of constitutional vulne... More »

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Rebuilding the political centre

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Although the mass protests in several cities around the world in 2019 erupted spontaneously, they were not bolts from the blue. Trust in either governments or markets to give people a fair chance in life has faded in many countries. Compounding this, a sense o... More »

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Russia is not synonymous with Putin

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Russia is not synonymous with President Vladimir Putin, nor with his United Russia party, nor with Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of a private military company carrying out the Kremlin’s wishes in Syria and eastern Ukraine. Rather, Russia is embodied by its 146 m... More »

Russia is not synonymous with Putin

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Russia is not synonymous with President Vladimir Putin, nor with his United Russia party, nor with Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of a private military company carrying out the Kremlin’s wishes in Syria and eastern Ukraine. Rather, Russia is embodied by its 146 m... More »