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Statement on the Illegitimate and Inappropriate Use Money Bills and Finance Bills

More than 200 concerned citizens have expressed concern on the classification of the Finance Bill, 2017 as a "Money Bill" and appealed to Vice President Hamid Ansari. The statement is reproduced below:

Intellectual Property

[An open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.] We, the undersigned, wish to share with you some of our concerns on India’s position on intellectual property (IP), particularly in the context of bilateral relations between the United States (US) and India. We gather from the US-India joint...

Do Not Dilute NREGA

[An Open Letter to the Prime Minister on NREGA by economists based in India and elsewhere in the world.] We are writing to express our deep concern about the future of India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). The NREGA was enacted in 2005 with unanimous support from all political...

Keynes vs White at Bretton Woods

The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White and the Making of a New World Order by Benn Steil (New Jersey: Princeton University Press and Council on Foreign Relations), 2013; pp 449, $29.95 (hardcover).

Education Crisis in Sri Lanka

We, as economists, academics and social activists are deeply concerned about the continuing crisis in the education sector in Sri Lanka. Austerity measures and attacks on social welfare in many countries have been disenfranchising children and youth from education as a central avenue for social...

The Emerging Left in the 'Emerging' World

There is much more dynamism within the global left, especially in the South, than is often perceived. The rejection of capitalism in many of left movements in the South tends to be accompanied not only by imagining alternatives, but also by shifting views about what constitutes the desirable alternative. This, in turn, has meant an interrogation of some previously standard tenets of socialist understanding. This essay reviews several features of emerging left movements in Latin America, Africa and developing Asia that suggest a move away from some traditional ideas associated with socialist theory and practice even as there are two important areas of continuity with the leftist thinking of the past.

Redefining Development and Quality of Life

For those who believe that we are not necessarily condemned to the gloomy status quo and that societies can do things differently, what is happening in Ecuador provides inspiration and even guidance. Ecuador could be one of the most exciting places on earth at present, in terms of new thinking about and actively working towards an alternative development paradigm based on new relationships between economy, society and nature. This article gives an account of Ecuador which is particularly important because it shows how much can be achieved if there is sufficient political will and popular support, even by a small country operating under numerous constraints in uncertain economic times.

WTO Conflict with Financial Re-regulation

The General Agreement on Trade in Services does impose limits on many developing countries' ability to regulate the financial sector. A response to the article "Regulatory Freedom under GATS: Financial Services Sector" which argued otherwise.

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