M.V. Rajeev Gowda is an Indian Member of Parliament (MP). He represents Karnataka state and the Indian National Congress party in the upper house, the Rajya Sabha. Until recently, he was professor of economics and social sciences at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) where he also served as chairperson, Centre for Public Policy. He has been a director on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and a Carnegie Council Global Ethics Fellow. His most recent co-edited book is India’s Risks, Oxford University Press, India (2014).
He has a B.A. from St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, an M.A. in economics from Fordham University and a Ph.D. in public policy and management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has been a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma.
Prof. Gowda founded the Resurgent India Trust, has mentored start-up companies, and works on youth empowerment, among other areas of interest. An avid quizzer, Prof. Gowda was founder secretary of the Karnataka Quiz Association in 1983 and national runner up on BBC TV's Mastermind India in 2002.
A proposal for public funding of elections and political parties in India
21 Apr 2017
The Finance Minister of India recently introduced measures aimed at cleaning up political party funding in the country. In this article, Gowda and Santhosh highlight the limitations of these measures, and alternatively propose public funding of elections and political parties to improve electoral processes and outcomes.
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