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BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

The Trump Baby blimp rises over London’s Parliament Square. Image: Michael Reeve. Source: Flickr.

Protesting in the digital age

Elections and referenda are just two ways for people to have a say in how they are governed. Protesting is another, which is why rights of assembly and free speech are protected in most democracies. And in many democracies nowadays, those rights are being used to the fullest. Climate activists […]

by × 30 April 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

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The Brexit impossibility triangle

With the European Union’s latest extension of the United Kingdom’s membership in the bloc, onlookers around the world are right to wonder why the Brexit process has proved so intractable. The short answer is that the UK’s government and parliament are trying to achieve three incompatible goals: preserving the country’s […]

by × 15 April 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Upcycled shirts developed by NIFT students as part of design curriculum

Circular fashion ‘sparks joy’

First up, I can’t do what Marie Kondo does. Discard. In her new Netflix series, people who have accumulated clothes over time are seen decorously breaking down and seeking the help of Marie to check whether their shopping sparks joy. If not, the alternative is one: discard. Discarding is so […]

by × 27 March 2019 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Christ Church Hall, Oxford University. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

This time last year: how I chose the MPP at the University of Oxford over other courses

Last year around this time, I was struggling with one of the major decisions of my life – selecting the graduate school for pursuing my higher education. I am sure a lot of you who have received admissions offers from multiple institutions will be going through the same right now. […]

by × 19 March 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Austerity in English local government: why collaboration was not the answer after all

Austerity in English local government: why collaboration was not the answer after all

Whether by historical standards, or compared with other parts of the public sector, the financial settlement awarded to English local government in 2010 was undoubtedly tough. As the Coalition Government sought to manage a perilous fiscal situation through a combination of modest tax rises and far more significant spending cuts, grants to […]

by × 15 March 2019 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Admissions update: decision-making time for the MPP

Admissions update: decision-making time for the MPP

Back in October and fresh out of university myself, I joined the Blavatnik School of Government’s admissions team as an admissions assistant. I wasn’t quite prepared for what a whirlwind the next few months would bring, but I’ve enjoyed every bit of what we do. First, let me explain what […]

by × 13 March 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Security and conflict

Trump’s troop withdrawals: more than meets the eye

Trump’s troop withdrawals: more than meets the eye

Donald Trump’s pledge to withdraw US ground troops from Syria and Afghanistan has become one of the most controversial foreign policy decisions of his presidency. The political backlash following Trump’s abrupt announcement to immediately remove all 2,000 troops from Syria last December has caused a series of partial reversals, with […]

by × 05 March 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

An Airbnb office in Toronto

Learning lessons from the ‘red flag men’ – how regulators should respond to innovation in financial markets

Throughout history, technological advances have put politicians and regulators in a difficult balancing act between embracing the benefits of the transformational changes brought by new technologies, versus providing reassurance to citizens that change can be managed and stability maintained. Take for example the advent of the self-propelled vehicles (cars), which […]

by × 04 March 2019 ×