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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 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

The woman on the right is the proud caretaker of a public sanitation facility with separated toilets and showers for men and women. In a country where up to 77 percent of women say they have been the victim of sexual violence, it is important to minimize the risk of assault. Photo by European Commission DG Echo on Flickr

Sexual violence and justice in Liberia

Martha’s daughter was only 12 years old when a group of men raped her in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. The police arrested one of the attackers, but did not refer the case for prosecution – an outcome that, Martha believes, had a lot to do with her inability to […]

by × 28 July 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Brexit: Opportunity or peril for trade with small and poor developing economies?

Brexit: Opportunity or peril for trade with small and poor developing economies?

The UK is rethinking its position in global trade. In the wake of the UK’s EU referendum and the vote to “leave,” the government has created a new Department for International Trade and is busy re-deploying several hundred civil servants to staff it. Yes, after more than 40 years, trade […]

by × 27 July 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

People gathered in Helsinki Central Railway Station to protest against Government actions in 2015. Image by Arto Alanenpää. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Confronting the global threat to democracy

Across the world, populists are attracting votes with their promises to protect ordinary people from the harsh realities of globalization. The democratic establishment, they assert, cannot be trusted to fulfill this purpose, as it is too busy protecting the wealthy – a habit that globalization has only intensified. For decades, […]

by × 06 June 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Do Britons and other Europeans disagree on policy issues? The answer might surprise you

Do Britons and other Europeans disagree on policy issues? The answer might surprise you

Eurosceptics in the UK and elsewhere often argue that the EU subverts democracy by forcing countries with different values and economic systems to follow the same rules. The Vote Leave Campaign, for instance, laments that “Politicians have surrendered the UK’s power to veto laws we disagree with, so if the […]

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca   headquarters. Source: Wikimedia.

The Panama papers have further undermined our trust in institutions

The outrage created by the Panama Papers is understandable. The money laundering that persons at the highest echelons have been engaged in increases the sentiment held by many “ordinary people” that they are living in a society dominated by an elite engaged in pervasive corruption and endemic greed. For many, […]

by × 14 April 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Un General Assembly Hall (Source: Wikimedia)

Leading the change

The new UN Secretary-General, to be appointed in 2016, will play a pivotal role in how the organisation tackles global challenges. With so much at stake, how can the UN ensure it gets the right person for the job? This is a crucial moment for the United Nations. In September […]

by × 18 March 2016 ×