The Institute of Public Affairs, a free market-oriented think tank in Australia, has issued a mini-manifesto on combating climate change. In Undermining Mitigation Technology, Tim Wilson puts forth two arguments about how best to develop and spread new technologies to combat climate change. His big argument is that patent rights ought not to be violated.
Just how far has the international development community come in its attitudes toward corruption? Here are classic lines from Samuel Huntington's 1968 opus Political Order in Changing Societies:
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Although it's not a new paper, I thought it would be good right about now to dig up a little bit of wisdom from Dani Rodrik and Romain Wacziarg called Do Democratic Transitions Produce Bad Economic Outcomes? The short answer is no. But I'll let them speak for themselves:
A few days ago, The New York Times published a story on a new online approach to selecting and funding investigative journalism pieces. A nonprofit called Spot Us calls
Althought the point has been made before, Foreign Policy has some searing words for the aid industry in a piece called The New Colonialists (subscription required). Money quote:
Blog Action Day is a global nonprofit event that wants to unite bloggers, podcasters and videocasters around a common issue, on a specific day, to raise awareness about the topic and trigger a worldwide discussion. This year the issue is poverty and the date is October 15.
Despite the current economic climate, a recent Standard & Poor's research report found that remittance securitization and securitization of other future flow receivables in emerging markets are performing well, bucking the trend in global credit markets.
Doing business in India may be getting easier in the not too distant future. An article in the Business Standard talks about a proposed law that aims to speed up the enforcement of contracts (Hat tip: Dahlia Khalifa). And what prompted this interest in a new law? You guessed it: