The second wave of the pandemic has been devastating India, with well over 300,000 daily covid-19 cases for days in a row, exacerbated by acute shortages of oxygen and hospital beds. India now has the second-highest number of confirmed infections worldwide and the actual number of cases may be a lot higher.
While India’s crisis has many causes, one key ingredient is weak competition among the political parties. Party competition ensures that policies result from consultation and deliberation among different political constituencies. Such an effort delivers policies that are more likely to be comprehensive and benefit the whole society — something that’s especially important for a diverse country like India.… Seguir leyendo »