The Rise of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its Influence on Democracy: A Systemic Analysis of the Causal Interlinkages between the Two

Shubhankar P The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought about progress. Charles Kettering These words by Kettering (1959) are still relevant today, particularly in the context of our ever-changing conception of democracy, and technology as an agent driving this process. Democracy, like any other social system, needs to innovate…

Limits of Formal Democracy and Deepening of Democracy

In this article on democracy as a process Arshiya looks at the limitations of the formal democracy and ways to usher the deepening of democracy through social democratic processes.

Accessing Accountability: A Community Effort in Sundaram Nagar to push for Quality Public Education

Pranjal Dhaka worked with Public Systems Groups at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, in pursuance of the client led project component of the Master of Public Policy programme. His account on community efforts undertaken to ensure quality public education in Sundaram Nagar, during the course of the project, is quite illuminating. Date: 18th February 2018 Time:…

When Bad Guys Get Elected: A Quick Take on the Electoral Process

  Sachin Tiwari This polemical account is an upshot of a twitter conversation with another MPP grad on an article in New York Times by Maskin and Sen that he shared. The authors explain how a majority rule based electoral process (instead of the prevailing plurality rule) might have stopped Trump, who is the leading…

NJAC: A Necessary Evil?

Siddharth Sekhar Barpanda There is little doubt that Indian citizens from all walks of life are tired of the slow process of reforms customary in the nation. There is also a valid reason to blame the Government (of the day) for the sorry state of affairs. Democracy is work-in-progress and it takes time to build…