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February 1, 2019

India
The Interim Indian Budget: Jobs Are the Bigger Issue

The Indian government released an “interim” budget today, a document designed to provide continuity for the next three months or so before the general election takes place and a newly constituted gov…

Ram Pratap, who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year, poses for a picture inside a weaving factory where he used to work, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India

January 11, 2011

Politics and Government
Congressional Constants

Opponents of the health care bill during a rally outside the Capitol. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) In previous posts I noted two constants about congressional behavior. First, members of Congress g…

Opponents of the health care bill during a rally outside the Capitol.

January 11, 2019

South Africa
Reconciling the South African Military’s Mission With Its Budget

There is mismatch between what the government asks and expects South African National Defense Forces (SANDF) to do and the money allocated to carry out its missions. The SANDF budget declined again for this fiscal year and stands at only around 1 percent of GDP. (By contrast, the budget for education is just under 5 percent of GDP.) 

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April 26, 2013

Labor and Employment
Policy Initiative Spotlight: Multiyear Budgeting

The U.S. budget process has become increasingly dysfunctional, a large factor in Standard and Poor’s downgrading the U.S. sovereign credit rating in 2011. Budgets were always passed for each fiscal y…

President Obama's FY 2014 budget proposal is released (Gary Cameron/Courtesy Reuters).

February 9, 2018

South Africa
Timeline: Opposition Grows as Zuma Remains in Office

The impending resignation of Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa was not necessarily unexpected following the defeat of his preferred candidate in the African National Congress’s (ANC) elections for party leader. However, it is happening more quickly than many observers predicted, including this one.

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April 29, 2011

Economics
Mexico’s Unfinished Congressional Business

Mexico's Chamber of Deputies debate the immunity of fellow congressman Julio Cesar Godoy (Stringer / Courtesy Reuters). Mexicans briefly got their hopes —and some their hackles— up this week as …

Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies in session over the immunity of fellow congressman Julio Cesar Godoy (Stringer / Courtesy Reuters).

February 15, 2019

Nigeria
Tracking Election Violence in Nigeria

Nigeria will hold its sixth national election since the current transition toward democracy began with the end of military rule in 1999. Despite some seventy presidential candidates, the competition for the presidency is really a two-horse race. It pits incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). 

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February 13, 2019

United Kingdom
Towards More Gender-Inclusive Parliaments: The UK Embraces Proxy Voting

Last month, the British parliament voted to implement a trial of proxy voting for representatives on parental leave, a small step to make political institutions more gender-sensitive.

Swedish Member European Parliament Jytte Guteland (R) holds her baby as she takes part in a voting session at the European Parliament.

February 12, 2019

United States
Campaign 2020: Andrew Yang, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Chances are you haven’t heard of Andrew Yang even though he’s been running for president for more than a year now. By any objective standard, he is the longest of long shots. He has never held politi…

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March 7, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa Loses a Congressional Friend

Representative Donald Payne, Democrat of New Jersey, died March 6 of colon cancer, according to the press. He was 77 years of age. He was a college graduate (Seton Hall University) and by profession …

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