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BSG Faculty, Science and technology

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook's Developer Conference in April 2019. Photo: Anthony Quintano

Is Huawei really more dangerous than Facebook?

The United States and some of its allies have acted decisively to exclude the Chinese technology company Huawei from their national markets, yet they continue to ignore the similar threat posed by Facebook and other US digital giants. Democratic governments must now be equally decisive in dealing with this home-grown […]

by × 23 December 2019 ×

BSG Staff, Governance, cooperation and law

Why tax policies have to change in the next two decades and what it means for the sustainability of public finance

Why tax policies have to change in the next two decades and what it means for the sustainability of public finance

“Taxation is a complex technical issue, but that hasn’t stopped the Blavatnik School’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) students from rolling up their sleeves and getting down to the business of considering structural tax reform,” says Professor Karthik Ramanna, director of the MPP and co-author of the Future of Taxation […]

by × 17 December 2019 ×

Economic growth and resilience, Guest author

Growth and grief in recent times in Brazil

Growth and grief in recent times in Brazil

There is much discussion on possible causes for the unrest of people around the world, even in countries with good macroeconomic performance. A common cause seems to be the sense of exclusion, either because of the perception that other groups are doing better or for fear of losing political rights and […]

by × 13 December 2019 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Former students (MPP 2018) at their graduation celebration in November 2019. Photo: John Cairns

MPP and DPhil admissions 2019: what to do before deadline

Admissions to Oxford’s Master of Public Policy and DPhil in Public Policy are due to close in a month’s time – Friday 10 January 2020 at 12:00 GMT. The checklist below is valid for both MPP and DPhil, unless specified otherwise. Please remember that the deadline to submit applications for […]

by × 10 December 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience, Science and technology

The future of work in America

The future of work in America

Although the media often depict giant corporations as the engine of the American workforce, the opposite is closer to the truth. Global retail giant Walmart, for example, employs about 1.5 million workers in the US alone – about 1% of America’s workforce. Other major corporations such as Amazon, Home Depot, […]

by × 02 December 2019 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

The MPP class of 2019

The value of Oxford’s Master of Public Policy – why choose our MPP?

Working in admissions at the Blavatnik School of Government, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to meet potential students from all over the world, each looking to find a course that best suits them. Among the variety of questions they ask, there is one that comes up frequently and […]

by × 22 November 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Group of American activists protesting

When corruption scandals open the doors of power for women

Whenever a corruption scandal hits the headlines, public attention tends to gravitate towards identifying the resources that have gone missing and the scoundrels responsible. Corruption often triggers collective moral outrage, and, at least where the problem is not systemic, it can motivate citizens to hold public officials to account. But […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

High-rise house with trees, shrubs and hedges in the city of Milan

Distrusted by the young? Build integrity

Falling trust in government is a problem. It is a particular problem among the young. The Pew Research Center recently released data showing that US adults aged between 18 and 29 reported 22% less confidence in the military than those aged 50+, 18% less in the police, 6% less in […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×