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Gautam SenSubscribe to Gautam Sen

A Russian Journey

The paradox of a country rich in human capital and possessing a huge market failing to experience a prolonged spell of high economic growth points to institutional failure. Weak property rights, in practice, combined with a lousy justice system and predatory state institutions are all the explanation one needs for faltering economic growth.

Neo-imperialism, the West and Islam

The idea that the Koran and its contemporary interpretation primarily explain the social and political dynamics of diverse Islamic societies is unsupported by any theory or historical evidence. The apparently uniform and narrow theological convictions prevalent in a number of countries is really a product of the neo-imperialist attempt to control the fate of Islamic societies by specific acts of patronage and financial sponsorship. Escape from neo-imperialism is thus the first step, before socio-economic changes create the basis of new possibilities.

India's Hope against Hope

Those who puzzle why reasoned policy prescriptions, clearly comprehensible and undoubtedly apprehended by decision-makers, do not lead to change are absolutely correct to attribute the failure to bottomless venality and insane corruption. Yet there is a churning, as the borders of the predatory state recede in the face of an expanding civil society.

Indian Foreign Policy Today

While China seeks to alter the global balance of power in its own favour and gives every indication of moving forward with calculated purposiveness, India lurches forward unsteadily, reacting to external pressures erratically rather than anticipating them. It is also unable to achieve the degree of domestic consensus necessary to devote resources and energy to urgent goals.

Post-Reform China and the International Economy

The unique conditions encountered by China for its economic and political opening to the wider world are crucial to understand the rapid integration of its essentially centrally planned economy with the international economy. China was able to cushion and regulate its interaction with the world economy through an initial relationship with Chinese overseas investors, especially Hong Kong. This method of buffered entry into the international economy enabled China to deepen its ties with the wider world economy further, without becoming vulnerable to predatory market forces and associated political pressures.

Sex in the Empire

Sex in the Empire Gautam Sen Empire and Sexuality: The British Experience by Ronald Hyam; Manchester University Press, 1990; pp IX + 234,
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