Karthik Muralidharan Examines the State of the Indian State

Ideas of India | 6 June 2024 | 1h 57m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Karthik Muralidharan about his book Accelerating India’s Development: A State-Led Roadmap for Effective Governance. Discusses the lack of state capacity in India, improving the quality of public expenditure, fiscal federalism, methods to improve the hiring process for government, better ways of staffing and using the Indian bureaucracy, randomized control trials and development, and much more.

See also Alex Tabarrok’s review at Marginal Revolution.

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Arjun Ramani and Thomas Easton Decode India’s Changing Economic Landscape

Ideas of India | 23 May 2024 | 1h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Arjun Ramani and Thomas Easton about their six-part special in The Economist, The India Express. Discusses India’s economic prospects, reasons for optimism and pessimism, long run economic growth, whether India is prepared to be a capitalist economy, unemployment versus the informal labour market, education, state capacity problems, industrial policy, and the future for economic journalism.

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Mukund Padmanabhan on The Great Flap of 1942

Asian Review of Books | 25 April 2024 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mukund Padmanabhan about his book The Great Flap of 1942: How the Raj Panicked over a Japanese Non-invasion. Backgrounds the events of April 1942 when at least half a million people fled Madras, now Chennai, fearing Japanese invasion. Discusses the debate about how to respond to the threat of a Japanese invasion.

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Liberalism in India ft. Gurcharan Das

The New Liberal Podcast | 1 May 2024 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Gurcharan Das about his book Dilemma of an Indian Liberal. Discusses the history of liberalism in India, political versus economic liberalism, how imperialism and caste politics have influenced Indian liberalism, and why liberal values are so important for India today.

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The Patriarchal Political Order: Soledad Artiz Prillaman

Rocking Our Priors | 23 March 2024 | 1h 33m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Soledad Artiz Prillaman about her book The Patriarchal Political Order: The Making and Unraveling of the Gendered Participation Gap in India. Discusses that India’s high female electoral turnout belies their lack of political agency, with women unable to participate in politics because that would undermine male status.

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Fareed Zakaria on the Age of Revolutions

Conversations with Tyler | 27 March 2024 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Fareed Zakaria about his book Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present. Discusses what he learned from Khushwant Singh as a boy, what made his father lean towards socialism, why the Bengali intelligentsia is so left-wing, what’s stuck with him from his time at an Anglican school, what’s so special about visiting Amritsar, why he misses a more syncretic India, how his time at the Yale Political Union dissuaded him from politics, what he learned from Walter Isaacson and Sam Huntington, what put him off academia, how well some of his earlier writing as held up, why he’s become focused on classical liberal values, whether he had reservations about becoming a TV journalist, how he’s maintained a rich personal life, and more. Suffused with his enduring passion for ideas and his belief in the importance of classical liberalism in an age of increasing populism and authoritarianism.

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Suhani Jalota & Lisa Ho on Why Female Employment is Low in India

Rocking Our Priors | 10 March 2024 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Suhani Jalota and Lisa Ho about why India’s female labour force participation is so low and how that could change. Draws from their papers What Works For Her? How Work-from-Home Jobs Affect Female Labor Force Participation in Urban India and Bringing Work Home: Flexible Arrangements as Gateway Jobs for Women in West Bengal.

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India’s Chip War

ChinaTalk | 25 February 2024 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Pranay Kotasthane about his book When the Chips are Down: A Deep Dive into a Global Crisis, co-authored with Abhiram Manchi. Discusses how the political economy of technology in India led to world-class software and services but underwhelming manufacturing, why India was slower to the uptake than China that socialism really sucks at getting your country rich, and what it takes to design a chip.

This episode is co-hosted by Chris Miller. See also the interview about his book Chip War.

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