BSG Alumni

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

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Do you hear the people sing? A fight to define who we are

In the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables, there was this scene towards the end where the students realised none of the local Paris citizens have joined them in their protests and they were effectively deserted to fight on their own. For all the songs that were sung, speeches that were given, none of the citizens were stirred enough or believed in the cause enough to “join in their crusade”.
As the protests in Hong Kong continue, there is a worry that we face a similar parallel to Les Miserables if the current protests do not get enough popular support from the local public.

by × 03 October 2014 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Why are financial systems prone to crisis?

Why are financial systems prone to crisis?

At the peak of the Netherlands’ “tulip mania” in 1637, one tulip bulb sold for 5,500 guilders per bulb—roughly the cost of luxurious house in Amsterdam, or $25,000 today. More than three and a half centuries later, economists continue to debate why tulip prices skyrocketed to stratospheric levels in the 1630s, much in the same way that the 2008 Global Financial Crisis remains a source of contention. Why have financial systems been so vulnerable to crises, and what role has regulation played?

by × 10 June 2014 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Will Decentralization in Yemen Marginalize Citizens?

Will Decentralization in Yemen Marginalize Citizens?

With the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) in Yemen concluded on 25 January 2014, the constitution-drafting period will focus on incorporating the outcomes of the NDC discussions into the new national charter. A close examination of the outcomes of the NDC may help address any shortcomings in the NDC agreements during […]

by × 20 February 2014 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Yemen’s Economic Development: A Paradigm Shift

Yemen’s Economic Development: A Paradigm Shift

Amid widespread poverty, unprecedented levels of unemployment—estimated to be over 50 percent among youth—widespread corruption and a major deterioration in services (such as water, electricity and security), Yemenis and international development partners are increasingly realizing the need to focus on economic development in Yemen. Yemen’s last two years of transition […]

by × 20 February 2014 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Behavioral Science in the Regulatory State

Behavioral Science in the Regulatory State

President Obama’s Executive Order 13563 for the first time in history encouraged administrative agencies to draw upon the behavioral sciences in the design and implementation of new regulations. To date, however, agencies have received no practical guidance on how to integrate behaviorally inspired regulatory instruments into the regulatory process. How […]

by × 31 January 2014 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

mHealth in Africa: challenges and opportunities

mHealth in Africa: challenges and opportunities

Disseminating healthcare resources and information in countries with a widespread rural population and limited financial resources remains a public health issue. Here, Temitope Folaranmi, MPP alumnus, looks at mHealth as an innovative and potentially effective solution to overcome these problems. Over the past decade, Africa has experienced an incredible boom […]

by × 30 January 2014 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

A New Tax-and-Spend Strategy to Fight Obesity

A New Tax-and-Spend Strategy to Fight Obesity

Obesity afflicts more than one-third of American adults, leading to $147 billion in medical costs each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers project that half of all Americans will be clinically obese by 2030. What will it take to change America’s eating habits? Jennifer […]

by × 14 January 2014 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Germany doesn’t need a Ministry for the Internet

Germany doesn’t need a Ministry for the Internet

The fact that Germany is on the verge of Industry 4.0 is now commonplace knowledge, which a serious economic policy paper cannot ignore – regardless of whatever stripe. After the epoch-making inventions of the steam engine, electricity and the computer the fourth industrial revolution is materialising: digitisation. Nevertheless, the political […]

by × 07 January 2014 ×