Empowerment and Fragility

Zeynep Tufecki’s book, Twitter and Tear Gas, is an insightful analysis of the impact of social media on protests and social movements in today’s radically networked societies.

Inside the BJP Machine

Prashant Jha’s book, ‘How the BJP Wins’, is an incisive look at how Narendra Modi and Amit Shah transformed Indian politics.

Why Did India Fall Behind?

Kaveh Yazdani’s India, Modernity, and the Great Divergence is a fascinating exploration of why India fell behind the Western world in the 18th and 19th centuries.

#DemocracyInEchoChambers

In his new book, Cass Sunstein argues that the perfect filtering that platforms like Facebook and Twitter provide is a serious challenge to democratic deliberation and free expression.

The Economics of Matchmaking

Have you ever wondered about the key growth drivers of companies like Facebook, Apple, Google, and Uber? One thing ties together the business models of all these companies.

Ideas for the Future

Bergman tries to imagine a better future that is equal parts fantastical and plausible through a three pronged strategy of universal basic income, a reduced working week and open borders.

Understanding Populism

For those who have been flummoxed with the question of what truly constitutes populism, how it originated, and the dangers it presents to democracy, there is help. A slim book titled What is Populism? by Jan-Werner Müller provides the answers.

A Dive into the Abyss

Over the last decade, there have been many excellent books and doctoral theses about this fascinating state. So many, in fact, that it has become hard to write about Pakistan and find something new to say. This is precisely why Tilak Devasher’s Pakistan: Courting the Abyss sets itself apart.

The Sinister History of the ISI

Few external intelligence agencies are powerful enough to back governments of other nation-states. Fewer still have their own terrorist outfits. Hardly anyone can be credited with toppling their own governments. The ISI of Pakistan has done all three.

Going Beyond Carrots and Sticks

In Payoff, Ariely sets about studying this complex nature of motivation. As is the case with all his other books, he does this through a series of interesting experiments where the participants are asked to perform simple tasks under different control conditions.