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Surprising lunchtime discussions on the political economy of oil

There is something special about the Blavatnik School’s students. During the 2016-17 year, when I took a sabbatical from my regular position at the University of California Los Angeles to spend the year in Oxford, the Blavatnik MPP class included 124 students from 70 countries. Without exception, every student I […]

by × 17 August 2017 ×

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The city of Chengdu Tianfu in China.

China can lead on climate through its cities, companies, and investment

With the Trump administration thinking about taking the US out of the Paris Agreement and already rolling back domestic climate policies, all eyes have turned to China and whether the world’s largest emitter can occupy the leadership void left by the US. President Xi Jinping has called the 2015 Paris […]

by × 15 May 2017 ×

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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 ×

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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 ×

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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 ×

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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 ×

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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 ×

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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 ×