Testing the “Exception Raj”

By Sarah Watson — On May 26 the Wall Street Journal reported that the Finance Ministry of India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) had decided not to waive the 30 percent local sourcing requirement for single-brand retail in the case…

Update on India’s States: May 25, 2016

Delhi is seeking full statehood, Apple to open new development offices in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, Telangana to issue building permits within 48 hours and is spending $356 million in improving its power infrastructure, UDAY may be expanded to allow private…

Is Uttarakhand India’s Best-Run State?

By Sarah Watson — Students of Indian politics love to argue about the relative merits of different “models” of development — the business-friendly “Gujarat model,” for instance, versus the left-wing “Kerala model.” But simply comparing static outcomes across different states…

Update on India’s States: May 18, 2016

Five state election results on May 19! Andhra moves all procurement online; Karnataka’s buying more rooftop solar power (and Delhi may follow); Rajasthan identifies the districts for its experiment with private-sector power generation; West Bengal moves forward with mining some…

The Leaderboard: Leni Robredo

Who is she? Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo currently serves as the representative to the Philippine House of Representatives from the Camarines Sur Third District in the northern Philippines, a position she has held for three years. Earlier, she was…

What Will a Duterte Administration Mean?

By Richard Javad Heydarian — After months of grueling and highly polarizing election campaigning, the Philippines has finally chosen its next set of leaders. Rodrigo Duterte, the firebrand and highly controversial mayor of Davao City, appears to have won a…