Inside Out Politics: Emerging Federalism in Asia's Giants
While New Delhi and Beijing are the hubs for government in India and China, some key policy decisions are now being formulated and implemented by local governments: states, provinces, and fast-growing cities. Different states have begun to address national priorities according to local circumstances, and there is an argument that allowing for autonomy at the local level provides an opportunity for balance and collaboration at the national level. Currently, both nations are being led by strong leaders who are familiar with orchestrating state-level economic and social development. What are the consequences of emerging federal structures in country-sized provinces and states in the world’s two most populous nations? Join Dr. William Antholis and Salil Parekh as they discuss the implications of increasing decentralization in the two countries, and the evolution from top-down to “inside out” government.
William Antholis serves as the Managing Director of The Brookings Institution and is also a senior fellow in Governance Studies, where his work focuses on the politics and institutions of international diplomacy. He is author of the book: Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global and co-author of Fast-Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming. From 1995-1999, Dr. Antholis served at the White House, working with the National Security Council, National Economic Council, G8 Summits, Climate Change Policy team, and State Department. Prior to joining Brookings, Antholis served at the German Marshall Fund, was a fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, and co-founded the Civic Education Project.
Salil Parekh is a member of the Group Management Board of Capgemini. Capgemini is a Paris-headquartered consulting and IT services company with revenues of €10 billion, with operations in 44 countries, serving over 6,000 clients, with 130,000 employees. Salil is responsible for cluster of businesses comprising of the Application Services (US, UK, Asia, Financial Services) and Sogeti business units within Capgemini. This business cluster accounts for €5 billion of revenue with 55,000 employees. Salil has Master’s degrees in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US and a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India.