Episode 233: Pranay Kotasthane Talks Public Policy

Public policy may seem like a dull subject fit only for wonks, but it matters: our lives are deeply affected by what our governments do. Pranay Kotasthane joins Amit Varma in episode 233 of The Seen and the Unseen to chat about his intellectual journey, his private beach and why public policy can be so stimulating. He also answers racy questions from the Twitterverse.

If you share Pranay’s interest in public policy, you should check out Takshashila’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (GCPP).

Also check out:
1. Anticipating the Unintended — Pranay Kotasthane’s newsletter (with RSJ).
2. Puliyabaazi — Pranay Kotasthane’s podcast (with Saurabh Chandra).
3. Foreign Policy is a Big Deal — Episode 170 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pranay Kotasthane & Manoj Kewalramani).
4. Radically Networked Societies — Episode 158 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pranay Kotasthane).
5. Older episodes of The Seen and the Unseen w Pranay Kotasthane: 123456.
6. Raghu Sanjaylal Jaitley’s Father’s Scooter — Episode 214 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Raghu Sanjaylal Jaitley).
7. ये लिबरल आख़िर है कौन? — Episode 37 of Puliyabaazi (w Amit Varma).
8. Amit Varma’s tweet thread soliciting questions for this episode.
9. Examples of Pranay Kotasthane’s Mind Maps of books: 123.
10. Coggle.
11. The Lessons of History — Will Durant.
12. Raj Comics.
13. The China Dude Is in the House — Episode 231 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Manoj Kewalramani).
14. A Case For Societism — Pranay Kotasthane.
15. Pranay Kotasthane’s Manthan talk on societism.
16. The Indian Dream Podcast episode with Amit Varma.
17. 8 things to unlearn before learning public policy — Pranay Kotasthane.
18. The Double ‘Thank-You’ Moment — John Stossel.
19.  Opportunity Cost Neglect in Public Policy — Emil Persson and Gustav Tinghög.
20. Whose Money is it Anyway? — Amit Varma.
21. The 4 Ways to Spend Money — Milton Friedman.
22. Discover Your Inner Economist — Tyler Cowen.
23. In Service of the Republic — Vijay Kelkar & Ajay Shah.
24. The Art and Science of Economic Policy — Episode 154 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vijay Kelkar and Ajay Shah).
25. Amit Varma’s prescient 2017 tweet on the price caps on stents.
26. Episodes of the Seen and the Unseen on GST with Devangshu DattaVivek Kaul and Shruti Rajagopalan.
26. Most of Amit Varma’s writing on DeMon, collected in one Twitter thread.
27. Narendra Modi Takes a Great Leap Backwards — Amit Varma
28. Episodes of The Seen and the Unseen on Demonetisation with Suyash Rai and Shruti Rajagopalan.
29. The Delhi Smog — Episode 44 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul).
30. Bootleggers and Baptists-The Education of a Regulatory Economist — Bruce Yandle.
31. Pigs Don’t Fly: The Economic Way of Thinking about Politics — Russell Roberts.
32. Raees: An Empty Shell of a Gangster Film — Amit Varma.
33. Shubhra Gupta’s review about which Tapsee Pannu kicked up such a fuss.
34. The Tragedy of Our Farm Bills — Episode 211 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay Shah).
35. Wilson’s Interest Group Matrix — Charles Cameron from The Political Analyst’s Toolkit.
36. Government’s End: Why Washington Stopped Working — Jonathan Rauch.
37. The Great Redistribution — Amit Varma.
38. Behave — Robert Sapolsky.
39. Robert Sapolsky’s lectures on YouTube.
40. Elite Imitation in Public Policy — Episode 180 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan & Alex Tabarrok).
41. Taxes Should Be Used for Governance, Not Politics — Amit Varma.
42. Every Act of Government Is an Act of Violence — Amit Varma.
43. The First Assault on Our Constitution — Episode 194 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Tripurdaman Singh).
44. The Emergency — Episode 103 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Gyan Prakash).
45. How the BJP Wins — Prashant Jha.
46. The BJP’s Magic Formula — Episode 45 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Prashant Jha).
47. Participatory Democracy — Episode 160 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ashwin Mahesh).
48. Other episodes of The Seen and the Unseen with Ashwin Mahesh: 12.
49. Understanding India Through Its Languages — Episode 232 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Peggy Mohan).
50. The Indianness of Indian Food — Episode 95 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vikram Doctor).
51. Governing the Commons — Elinor Ostrom.
52. Public Choice Theory — Episode 121 of The Seen and the Unseen.
53. Fixing Indian Education — Episode 185 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Karthik Muralidharan).
54. Education in India — Episode 77 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Amit Chandra).
55. The Economics and Politics of Vaccines — Episode 223 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay Shah).
56. The Indian Conservative — Episode 145 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Jaithirth Rao).
57. How to Build an Economic Model in Your Spare Time — Hal Varian.
58. A Scientist in the Kitchen — Episode 204 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Krish Ashok).
59. Modeling Covid-19 — Episode 224 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Gautam Menon).
60. Narratives on Exchange Rates in India — Pranay Kotasthane.
61. Taking Stock of Our Economy — Episode 227 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ila Patnaik).
62. The Power Broker — Robert Caro.
63. The Death and Life of Great American Cities — Jane Jacobs.
64. Lessons from an Ankhon Dekhi Prime Minister — Amit Varma (on the importance of reading).
65. Selling Solutions vs Solving Problems — Lant Pritchett.
66. Policy Paradox — Deborah Stone.
67. The Mahatma and the Poet — The Tagore-Gandhi debates.
68. Factfulness — Hans Rosling.
69. Humankind: A Hopeful History — Rutger Bregman.
70. A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis — Eugene Bardach.
71. Essence of Decision — Graham Allison and Philip Zelikow.
72. Banishing Bureaucracy — David Osborne.

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