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BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Photo: Tim Evanson. Source: Wikimedia.

The true ‘unnatural crime’: abdicating the constitutional duty of judicial review

On January 31, 2017, the Home Office in the UK posthumously pardoned more than 50,000 gay and bisexual men, including the literary genius Oscar Wilde under the “Turing Law”. Although not without it critics, this is a powerful symbol of seeking to redress injustice committed against gay men and another […]

by × 09 March 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Whatsapp screen. Image by Sam Azgor. Source: Flickr CC

Governance in the time of Whatsapp

Early this year, Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi suspended a government officer in Puducherry, one of the six Union Territories of India, for sending an obscene video in a WhatsApp group dedicated to improving the administration, of which she and other senior bureaucrats were members. Soon the Chief Minister banned the […]

by × 06 March 2017 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Informal fish markets of Soumbedioune. Image credit: Aïda Ndiaye.

Do informal workers’ lives matter?

In February 2008 in Dakar, Senegal, a pregnant fish trader, who remains unnamed, was fatally hit by a police car. The car was attempting to displace her and her fellow fish traders from selling on public roads near the national highway. The story of her death was casually reported in […]

by × 03 March 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

An illustration showing the effects of domestic violence (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Recognise stalking as domestic violence in Malaysia

After years of abuse, Nina left her husband. Yet she was not safe. Wherever she moved, her husband would look for her. One time, Nina noticed men taking pictures of her children around her house. She was being stalked. Worried, she filed a police report, but she was not given […]

by × 01 March 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

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Anti-corruption protests in Romania: The opportunity of a generation

The recent mass protests in Romania were the largest since the fall of the communist regime in December ‘89. These started when the newly elected Romanian government hastily (bordering on ‘furtively’) adopted an ordinance bill in an attempt to decriminalise misuse of office. As a response, citizens have taken over […]

by × 27 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

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Corruption in Latin America: destruction or opportunity?

In these “orange times of terror”, Latin America has some more important issues to focus on, rather than spend all its energy and efforts dealing with Trump and his distinctive foreign policy in the region. Only a few months after the ‘Panama Papers’ controversy, a new corruption scandal has emerged. […]

by × 21 February 2017 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Sirius Building, an apartment complex in Sydney by architect Tao Gofers. Photo by Eastberliner. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The bitter debate that we need to have about home ownership

Australians love houses. We have a culture where home ownership is expected. A mandatory rite of passage for anyone that can rustle up a deposit. And once you have bought, the government gives you a big thumbs up with a range of special exemptions for the family home. But housing […]

by × 17 February 2017 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Master of Public Policy students on their first day in September 2016.

Admissions update: What happens next?

Applications for our MPP Class of 2017 have now drawn to a close and we have received an exciting pool of 762 applications from 109 countries and territories, including first time applications from Costa Rica, Swaziland and East Timor. Awarding places to just 120 students from an exceptionally strong bunch […]

by × 15 February 2017 ×