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The Varieties of Populist Experience

Commentators have affixed the “populist” label to the wave of demagogic politics sweeping Europe (and much of the rest of the world). But, beyond the raucous style common to populists, what do these movements share?

Read Here – Project Syndicate

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Pakistan’s Political Economy

A COUNTRY which was clocking a growth rate a shade above 5pc per annum for most of its history is now finding that this rate has dropped to below 4pc. It gives the impression that this is the new equilibrium rate that we may have to live with for some time. What explains this lacklustre performance of the economy, even though there are some positive fundamentals that should be able to accelerate economic growth?

Read Here – Dawn

The 100 Year-Old Debt

The scale of World War One was unprecedented in several ways, including the cost to finance it. In fact, several of the countries involved are still facing related debts.

Read Here – Quartz

Autocrats On The March

It’s true that economic growth through industrialization altered the social structure of societies and created demand for political representation. But it’s now clear that the process has also led to the opposite of liberal democracy.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Dictator Envy

Watching China’s economic planning process, Indians may be tempted to ditch democracy. Here’s why they shouldn’t.

Read Here – The Diplomat

De-Americanised World?

As U.S. politicians of both political parties are still shuffling back and forth between the White House and the Capitol Hill without striking a viable deal to bring normality to the body politic they brag about, it is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanized world.

Read Here – Xinhua

Iraqi Politicians Squabble, Society Fragments

Sunni Iraqis are fighting for their rights, which are completely legitimate. But a select few have carried flags of Saddam Hussain‘s regime during the demonstrations, losing them legitimacy in the eyes of Shias, who are worried about a returning Baathist tide to return under the cloak of Al Qaeda.

Making matters worse, the truth is unclear. Every Iraqi channel – owned by their various political parties – portrays a different perspective on the story, casting blame in different directions.

Read Here – The National

India’s Benign Constitutional Revolution

This is the story of how and why the framers of the Constitution of India deliberately designed a procedural error in the adoption of the new Constitution with a view to severing the seamless transition of legal authority from the British Crown-in-Parliament to the new Republic of India. The deliberate procedural error consisted in a deviation from the Constitution making procedure prescribed by the Indian Independence Act, 1947 — the law enacted by the British Parliament granting India independence and formally authorising the Constituent Assembly to draft a Constitution for the newly liberated state. To be sure, the framers of the Constitution of India were not the first, and indeed they were not the last to deliberately incorporate such procedural errors in the process of Constitution making. The founders of the Constitutions of several other states including Ireland, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Ghana, which were being liberated from the British Empire, took such a step. In doing so, they were all motivated by the same goal: that of ensuring constitutional ‘autochthony.’

Read Here – The Hindu

A Year After The Start Of Street Protests, Russia’s Opposition Is Fragmented And Disillusioned.

Since street protests began last December following a dispute election, Russia’s opposition has sought unsuccessfully to develop a united front. Opposition figures held an open “cyber-election” in October 2012 to create a leadership council that would organize future street protests. But such efforts are hampered by the diversity of Russia’s political spectrum. It’s often under-appreciated in the West that few countries boast such a wide spectrum of political opinion.

Read Here – The European

The Quality Of Pakistan’s Government Will Never Be Better Than The Quality Of Its Civil Servants. More Than Other Reforms, Improving The Country’s Bureaucracy, Will Put Pakistan On The Right Course.

Read Here – Pakistan’s Briefcase Warriors – Foreign Affairs

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