Archive | January, 2016

Democracy in Crisis: What Public Policy Can Do?

We live in the times of democracy in crisis. This is obvious not only in authoritarian countries, but also in traditionally democratic societies such as the US and The Netherlands. Those that are between the worlds, such as Hungary and other Eastern European countries, democracy is a patient in the emergency room. A prominent public [...]

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Lost in Translation: How to Study the Travel of Ideas in Water Sector?

This is a re-post from my earlier post (September 2010) on a blog that I used to co-run back in 2010. Funnily, my thoughts of policy translation in 2010 were already ripe, 4 years before they appear in print. This tells you how long it takes to develop ideas and then get them published in [...]

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On Chess, Public Policy and Strategic Planning

This is a re-post of my original blog post written in October 2011 for my previous blog. I am the sole author of this blog post. Karl Wittfogel, in 1957, published his seminal book “Oriental Despotism“, his claim that state-formation and organization of societies in hierarchies originated from large structural works, mainly irrigation in Mesopotamia [...]

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