Economic growth and resilience

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 Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Manjit in post-flood cleanliness drive.

Post BSG destination: Full-time volunteering at home

So, I did it! It’s been over a year now, since I returned to my country from 10 Merton Street [the previous home of the Blavatnik School of Government], followed by an internship stint with the McKinsey Amsterdam office. Amidst all the things that kept my schedule super packed during […]

by × 12 January 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Overcoming failure; restoring dignity

Overcoming failure; restoring dignity

Establishing progress towards economic and social prosperity – not just political change – is essential for Arab Countries in transition If a single word can summarize everything the young Arab protestors were trying to express during the Arab Spring, the word would be Dignity. Living with dignity was the manifestation […]

by × 03 December 2015 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Shared services – too good to be true?

Shared services – too good to be true?

Three hard truths for governments looking to save money through shared back-office services Last week, to the delight of many consultants, lobbyists and other government onlookers, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the USA announced a major development in President Obama’s management agenda – the creation of a […]

by × 28 October 2015 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Beijing by Philip McMaster (Source: Flickr creative commons)

A Chinese tale of Phaethon

Can Beijing manage the soars and dives of its stock chariot? Scarcely any government is as good as Beijing when it comes to keeping individual economic activities and market interactions under control, but even the most powerful state capitalist on this planet has tasted some bitterness in the fruit of […]

by × 30 July 2015 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Protests in Sofia, Bulgaria (photo by Georgi C, source Flickr)

How the EU can help Bulgaria avert another banking crisis

In a few short weeks Bulgarian authorities are due to announce the name of the next governor of the country’s central bank. Until half a year ago, this seemed like a routine decision that would not attract the sustained attention of the general public. However, in the summer of 2014 […]

by × 30 April 2015 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Kathmandu after the earthquake that hit on April 25, 2015 (Credit: Domenico. Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Nepal has become a country that can’t see the future – this quake gives us a chance to change that

Four days after a huge 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, the ordeal is far from over. There have been close to 100 aftershocks. The death toll, at the time of writing, has risen above 5,000. As news arrives of even greater destruction outside Kathmandu, that figure is expected to rise. People […]

by × 30 April 2015 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Can we shrink the car?

Can we shrink the car?

Peppered with questions and comments from the audience and lively, engaging discussion throughout, this Challenges of Government Conference session about the future of public transport in cities was truly enjoyable…

by × 19 December 2014 ×