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Policy Engineering: Paradoxes, Pitfalls and Pathways

Speaker: Nitin Pai, Co-founder and Director, Takshashila Institution, Bengaluru
Date: January 28, 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 2.00pm to 3.30 pm
Venue: 10th Floor Auditorium, Pixel A, Azim Premji University

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About the Lecture

The talk will examine the question of whether or not we can construct good public policy in India. It will begin with a discussion on the specific constitutional and social context in which policymaking takes place, and highlight some of the fundamental contradictions and tensions in that space. It will then highlight some of the common pitfalls that affect our thinking on public policies and impact outcomes. Finally it will discuss ways to navigate these paradoxes and pitfalls and craft solutions to public problems.

About the Speaker

Nitin Pai is co-founder and director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent think tank and school of public policy in Bengaluru. Nitin teaches policy analysis, economic reasoning and foreign policy at the institution's flagship Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (GCPP) programme, and is working on research projects in the areas of defence economics, social capital and cyberpolitics. He is a columnist with The Hindu and Business Standard and member of the editorial team at Pragati - The Indian National Interest Review. Prior to that he spent more than a decade with Singapore government as a policymaker in telecommunications and broadband internet. He received his Masters in Public Administration degree from the LKY School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from NTU, Singapore and is an alumnus of National College, Bangalore.

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