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Pranab Bardhan

Pranab Bardhan

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Pranab Bardhan, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author, most recently, of A World of Insecurity: Democratic Disenchantment in Rich and Poor Countries (Harvard University Press, 2022).

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  1. Pranab Bardhan on India, China, universal basic income, and more

    Pranab Bardhan on India, China, universal basic income, and more

    Apr 11, 2023 Pranab Bardhan highlights the costs of India’s crony oligarchy, assess the sources of China’s economic resilience, makes the case for a UBI in low-income countries, and more.

  2. Unmasking India’s Crony Capitalist Oligarchy
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    Unmasking India’s Crony Capitalist Oligarchy

    Feb 13, 2023 Pranab Bardhan explains how the allegations against billionaire Gautam Adani embody the flaws in India’s political economy.

  3. Organized Labor After COVID
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    Organized Labor After COVID

    May 3, 2021 Pranab Bardhan shows that while unions are adapting and making some gains, they still face major hurdles.

  4. Modi’s Performance and the Tragedy of India’s Poor
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    Modi’s Performance and the Tragedy of India’s Poor

    May 21, 2020 Pranab Bardhan argues that the government's pandemic response is following a script that is devastating the country's poor.

  5. Are Indian Democracy’s Weaknesses Inherent?
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    Are Indian Democracy’s Weaknesses Inherent?

    May 24, 2019 Pranab Bardhan argues that the Hindu nationalist BJP's landslide election victory occurred in a highly resilient system.

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    Give America a Debt Brake

    R. James Breiding thinks the United States could learn a valuable lesson from a policy Switzerland put in place in 2003.
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    The Myth of Western Decline

    Chris Patten argues that Chinese leaders’ characterization of liberal democracy as decadent betrays their fear of it.
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    The US Debt Ceiling Debacle Is Not Over

    Kenneth Rogoff

    The latest last-minute deal to raise the US debt limit does not solve the underlying political problem. On the contrary, with the country on track for a Biden-Trump rematch next year – a contest that Trump just might win – the truce is likely to be short-lived.

    sees little reason to believe the latest last-minute deal will be anything more than a short-lived truce.
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    Anti-Semitism and Intersectionality

    Slavoj Žižek

    The European Jewish Association’s recent insistence on the exceptional nature of anti-Semitism raises important questions about the nature of privilege and oppression in contemporary societies. The risk is that the EJA’s conceptual framework could all too easily reproduce the very bigotry it seeks to oppose.

    sees problems with efforts to treat hatred toward Jews separately from other forms of bigotry.
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    Not Buying Central Banks’ Favorite Excuse

    Raghuram G. Rajan shows why monetary policymakers must bear some of the blame for the latest banking-sector turmoil.
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    The Lost Liberal Legal Imagination

    Nicholas Reed Langen considers the complicated legacy of a progressive jurist whom conservatives now champion.
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    Saved by the Pandemic?

    Scott Fulford explains why its successful COVID-19 stimulus could help the US forge a path to financial stability for all.
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    How Much Work Is Enough?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter & Autumn McDonald explain how the pandemic raised new questions – and some very old ones – for employers and employees.
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    How the Far Left Paves the Way for the Far Right

    Andrés Velasco blames Chilean President Gabriel Boric's coalition for the rapid rise of far right populist José Antonio Kast.

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