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Diminishing electoral dividend for the political dynasties PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014 16:41

Do political dynasties really matter in India's electoral lanscape? Dynasties may exist in politics, but democracy has the power to equalise the dynasts. The diminishing power of the political families in India bear testimony to the deep roots democracy has struck in the country, writes Barun Mitra.

Any discussion on dynastic politics in drawing rooms or in the media, usually degenerates in to a slanging match. One side tries to wrap itself in a democratic halo, and who see political dynasties as anathema in democratic polity. The other side aggressively argues that after all the dynasts do have to get democratically elected too and therefore legitimate.

Hardly any political party is immune from their own dynasties, small or big. The list of candidates related to political families in the 2014 election is a long one indeed.

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Commentary: Is India on the cusp of superpower? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 February 2011 13:14

by Gorawut Numnak

A Note from the MPS Asia Regional Meeting 2011

According to Dr Parth J Shah, Chairman of Organising Committee of MPS India, “India is widely seen as an emerging global superpower – its economy has proven to be robust during the recent global downturn, the nuclear deal has given a special global status and the US has come to see it as a friend.” These trends are important. However, participants at the Mont Pelerin Society Asia Regional Meeting 2011 [1], recently held in New Delhi, seem to have reservations about India as a Global Power. Not yet, or not soon, anyway.

India's economic achievements...
 
Commentary: Rethinking the economic crisis PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 February 2011 08:53

by Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Every time I say that capitalism is the most efficient economic system that we have, many would jump to remind me about the recent global economic crisis. Some, influenced by socialist ideas, argue that America’s economic problem is a sign of capitalism’s failure. They are wrong.

Socialists and Lefties believe that the state should intervene in the economy. They instinctively assume government officials and politicians know better than the millions of individual and independent actors in the marketplace. They think it is alright for the state to set up and run GLCs or even nationalise private corporations. Their beliefs have led to taxpayers’ money being used to bail-out certain companies. In doing so, they ignore the market’s efficiency to remove wrong-doers.

Leon Louw...
 
2014 St. Gallen International Competition Law Forum ICF PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 March 2014 14:20

Message from organiser:

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Once more, we have been able to compose a roster of reputed speakers for the 2014 St.Gallen International Competition Law Forum ICF, which will take place in St.Gallen (Switzerland) on 15 and 16 May 2014: No less than six presidents of national competition authorities (Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland) will share their experiences with you. Other speakers will be judges from national and European high courts, acclaimed legal and economics scholars from Europe and North America, practicing lawyers and public officials from several jurisdictions as well as experienced in-house counsel. We shall look forward to meeting you in the unique St.Gallen atmosphere!

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EFN Asia 2013 Conference, Day 2, October 22, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 March 2014 14:13

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Day 2 of the Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia 2013 Conference started with a presentation by Fred McMahon of Fraser Institute in Canada, of the results of the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) 2013 Report. Before presenting the numbers, he reiterated the definition of “economic freedom” as fundamental rights. Without these basic rights, no political or civil freedom can prosper.

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