Liberty & Society Series

Parth J Shah
Liberty & Society Series 9: New Public Management

This monograph explores how principles of business management can be applied to the field of public administration, thereby increasing accountability, transparency and efficiency in government functioning. The core principles of NPM are explored, which when well-applied, help create a system where the public sector functions more efficiently and is accountable to the people.

Shantanu Gupta
Liberty & Society Series 8: Education in India: Voice, Choice & Incentives

Who has what degree of voice and choice in our current education system? Independent learning achievement surveys such as the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2014 or Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) show that learning outcomes are very low in India, especially when compared with global standards. This monograph takes a close look at the system and concludes that it is breathing heavy in a distorted environment where the consumers—the children and parents—have a weak voice and the producers—teachers, governments and schools—have a strong voice, and none of the stakeholders involved in the system seem to have the right incentive to engage with one another.

Parth J Shah
Liberty & Society Series 7: Social Change & Public Policy

What is public policy? A public policy is basically a law or rule that is enforced by any level of government, whether central, state, or local. Our activist judiciary also makes public policy: that all public transport in Delhi must run on CNG, for example, was a Supreme Court decree.

Parth J Shah
Liberty & Society Series 7 : Samajik Parivartan aur Lok Niti

What is public policy? A public policy is basically a law or rule that is enforced by any level of government, whether central, state, or local. Our activist judiciary also makes public policy: that all public transport in Delhi must run on CNG, for example, was a Supreme Court decree.

Ken Scholland
Liberty & Society Series 6: Courage, Fear & Immigration

The Significance of Welcoming Newcomers in a Market Economy.

Ken Scholland
Liberty & Society Series 5: The Ethics of Liberty

Free market champions recognize that all people have good and bad as part of their character. The danger is when people have great power to impose their will on others. Doing good things for people does not require the initiation of force. Doing bad things does. A truly free society isn’t perfect, but limiting power simply limits the damage that people can do to others on a grand scale through politics.

Parth J Shah
लिबर्टी एंड सोसायटी श्रंखला 3: पारिस्थितिक चुनौतियाँ : सामूहिकता की त्रासदी

A Hindi translation of Parth's lecture on Environmental Challenges, which analyses some of the most common environmental problems we face today and explains why the command-and-control approach to solving these does not work. Instead, it applies the property rights approach which aligns the self-interest of local individuals and communities with preservation of the resource.

Parth J Shah
Liberty & Society Series 3 : Environmental Challenges: The Tragedy of the Collective

We face many environmental problems that have serious consequences. This monograph analyses some of these problems, and explains why the command-and-control approach to solving these does not work. Instead, it applies the property rights approach which aligns the self-interest of local individuals and communities with preservation of the resource.

Parth J Shah
Liberty & Society Series 2 : New Education Policy

Providing basic education to more than a billion people is a large and complex effort. How is educating the Indian masses going to be made possible? What are the roles of the State, the Market and Civil Society? This monograph addresses these questions and various problems surrounding schooling in India and suggests public policy solutions that will address issues of quality, cost, access and diversity of schooling, with a particular concern for the needs of the poor.

Parth J Shah
Liberty & Society Series 1 : Why is India Poor?

Why is India poor? Is it our large population? The lack of education? Our history of colonial exploitation? This monograph addresses the vital question that all of us have asked each other at one time or another. It challenges the most commonly cited causes for India’s poverty, attempts to offer plausible reasons for why India is poor and highlights the importance of institutions and policies that support economic freedom.