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We don’t live in a world in which post-truth politics is inevitable

“Take back control” has been an intoxicating rallying call to voters not just in Britain, but in the United States, and many other parts of the world.  People are “making themselves heard” in elections and referendums. Their votes are signalling that they no longer trust or feel linked to establishment […]

by × 13 December 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Supporters of Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Gage Skidmore. Source: Flickr CC

Can corruption explain the success of Donald Trump?

In a number of yearly polls, Gallup has reported that since 2010, between 73 and 79 percent of Americans agree that “corruption is widespread throughout the government in this country.” These staggering figures are by no means unique but there is considerable variation between countries, from 99 percent in Greece, […]

by × 09 December 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Protesters outside the Trump International Hotel, Washington DC USA. Photo by Ted Eytan. Source: Flickr CC

The new xenophobia

Democratic governments in the West are increasingly losing their bearings. From the shift toward illiberalism in Poland and Hungary to the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and Donald Trump’s victory in the United States’ presidential election, a particularly lethal strain of populism is infecting societies – and it is […]

by × 08 December 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

UK Government running costs: High stakes, big claims, low transparency

UK Government running costs: High stakes, big claims, low transparency

In this post, Visiting Professor Christopher Hood and Research Officer Ruth Dixon consider why we should care about government administration costs, and call for greater transparency in the reporting of such costs. This article picks up on themes explored in their book, A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? (OUP, 2015) […]

by × 30 November 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Heads of delegations at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

After Trump, the Groundswell of Global Climate Action is ever more central to the climate regime

The Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action marks growing integration between the intergovernmental climate regime and cities, businesses, and other actors. Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about the UN climate conference that finished in Marrakech last week was how little the cataclysmic election of Donald Trump slowed the negotiations between […]

by × 22 November 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Science and technology

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Governance in the Digital Century

On 30 September, at the stroke of midnight, the U.S. government took a revolutionary step towards a new regime of global digital governance: the U.S. concluded that a global coalition of private businesses, governments, and civic groups is ready to oversee a core function of the Internet. Until now the […]

by × 11 October 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Anti-Brexit march in London, July 2016. Photo by: David B Young. Source: Flickr Creative Commons

It’s perfectly sensible to want a second EU referendum. Here’s why

In 1955, a referendum was held in Sweden on whether the country should continue to drive on the left or if there should be a switch to the right. A government committee investigating this issue had recommended such a change, the main argument being that this was the traffic system […]

by × 12 September 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Trump speaks at an Arizona rally in March 2016. Photo: Gage Skidmore. Source: Wikimedia

Why don’t we trust our leaders?

In developed democracies today, political leadership is increasingly up for grabs. Voters, clearly tired of the status quo, want change at the top, leaving even major parties’ establishments struggling to install leaders of their choosing. In the United Kingdom, Labour Party MPs have been stymied in their efforts to unseat […]

by × 04 August 2016 ×