The New Frontiers of Efficiency at Scale: Obama’s New Organizers and Data Scientists

The election of President Obama in 2008 was by no means always the expected outcome. As analysts look back and analyze what gave him the edge over strong candidates such as Hillary Clinton in the primaries and then John McCain, many point to the Obama’s team of “New Organizers”. Four years later, the re-election of Obama…

Empowering the grassroots: The Use of ‘Primaries’ to select candidates for Parliamentary Elections in India

THE PROBLEM AND THE CONTEXT With the upcoming general elections in 2014 in India, the battle has begun – the battle to get that elusive “ticket” from the “party”. Most young, eligible potential politically inclined people are however unable to get the “ticket” because the party high command – no matter which party we are…

How it all starts to come together

In my final semester of my graduate degree at The Harvard Kennedy School, I’m taking this opportunity to reflect back on what I have learnt, what I have absorbed, what I have not learnt and just simply, trying to make sense of it all. A long many years ago, Ashley Tellis, senior fellow at the Carnegie…