21st century political economy: prospects & challenges

Posted on | augustus 21, 2012 | No Comments

It is very difficult to make prognostications about the political economy during hard times amid a general climate of pessimism, but the same holds true when the economy is expanding and most people believe there is no end to the expansion. Public opinion surveys about economic conditions in the next decade and the possibility of upward social mobility indicate more pessimism on the part of most people than optimism, especially in advanced capitalist countries that one would not normally associate with pessimism about the political economy. Given that the world economy has been in contracting mode in the past five years, and socioeconomic mobility has been experiencing stagnation to downward pressure in the past thirty years, one cannot be surprised that people are pessimistic abut the near future.Just as significant, the ‘business as usual’ mentality and the absence of structural changes in the political economy amid revelations of massive banking scandals and speculative schemes in every sector from mortgages to hedge funds that contributed to global economic contraction does not leave room for optimism on the part of the masses that governments ask to bailout the financial sector. In part, pessimism stems from the reality that people know they will have to bailout the corporate sector, thus sacrificing upward mobility for themselves and for the next generation.
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The Universality of Political Science Theory

Posted on | augustus 21, 2012 | No Comments

There is an ongoing debate on the silence of social scientists from the developing world. Many people attribute this silence to idleness or worse, to the fact that non western scholars are imbibed by the ‘system’, by western thought and ideas. Both assumptions are ill-conceived and further from the trued, specifically when taking into account that political science theories and scholarship in the western world is a relatively young discipline of the social sciences, and that many seminal political science theories were developed as a cusp of the post-war period. What we know today about political ideologies, about party systems, voter change and behavior could only be researched in societies were the democratic traditions had already been ingrained, and patterns could easily be judged or measured quantitatively. One of the most seminal works on voting behavior by the political scientist Stein Rokkan (1967) demonstrates the intricacies of long term research that depends on credible data, the availability of electoral results, party membership, demographic shifts from the rural to urban and vice versa.
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Nepal Government puts hold on the decision to restrict solo trekking in Nepal

Posted on | augustus 21, 2012 | No Comments

The Nepal Government has put a hold on the decision to restrict the trekkers for solo trekking in Nepal said Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN). Earlier Nepal government had banned solo trekking in Nepal as the number of trekkers went who went missing increased numerously from different trekking sights but due appeal from different stakeholders the decision has been halted.
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Pakistan Moves to Protect Girl over Alleged Qur’an Burning

Posted on | augustus 20, 2012 | No Comments

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A government intervention for the sake of Human Rights has taken place in another extraordinary turn of events involving the writings of our Human Rights Ambassador, William Nicholas Gomes.

In a letter to Mr. Asif Ali Zardari; President of Pakistan, Mr. Gomes called attention to a serious situation involving the religious persecution of a child, and a government intervention has taken place.

There will be no prosecution of a young Christian girl described as having Downs Syndrome, who allegedly burned pages of the Holy Qur’an.
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Tanzania: Public urged to interest in administration of tax

Posted on | augustus 20, 2012 | No Comments

Harry Kitillya, Commissioner General, Tanzania Revenue Authority

African civil societies have been warned not to leave the issue of tax administration in the hands of the governments alone, instead they should form parallel institutions to monitor the same.

This call was made on Monday last week at the Kunduchi Beach Hotel during an International Training in Tax Administration.

The training to representatives of civil societies drew attendants being trainers and other participants from East Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa.

In the workshop that was convened by the Policy Forum NGO. It was learnt that tax collection is turned into a political weapon by many African countries Tanzania inclusive.
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