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- Tracing the rise and rise of behavioural economics Xn Iraki This year’s Nobel Prize in economics went to Richard Thaler for his work on behavioural economics, which borrows heavily from psychology or behavioural sciences.
- Defections underscore moral, political bankruptcy of elites Makau Mutua The Kenyan political landscape is a snake pit of betrayal. That’s largely because our elites suffer from a poverty of philosophy. To the extent most of them have a theory of politics, it’s the full belly thesis.
- Leadership trap risks taking Kenya on the brink of disaster Barrack Muluka Kenya lives in a leadership capability trap. Last year, Matt Andrews, Lant Pritchett and Michael Woolcock elaborately discussed the notion of capability traps, in the volume titled Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action.
- Let parties create a framework to resolve contentious issues Kamotho Waiganjo While the former PM had stated on numerous occasions that “there would be no elections” not many people had expected him to formally withdraw, thus necessitating a recalibration of the elections.
- Politics of division and the re-emergence of debilitating diseases Alexander Chagema Our healthcare system is undergoing reverse progression. Decades back, polio, measles, cholera, malaria, elephantiasis and leprosy ravaged large populations.