Governance, cooperation and law

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Russian tanks in South Ossetia (source: Yana Amelina, Wikimedia)

Is Russia just cooking up trouble – again?

As the Ukraine crisis continues and Russia maintains its hard line in the territorial dispute ignited over Crimea, it is worth reviewing a paper written over five years ago by one of the Blavatnik School’s academics. BSG Professor Monica Duffy Toft has spent her academic career researching issues of international […]

by × 03 April 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Climate progress from the bottom up

Climate progress from the bottom up

At a time when countries around the world are searching for ways to lift their climate change ambition, new research highlights the important role being played by non-governmental agencies in New Zealand. One example is New Zealand Post which, between 2008 and 2012, reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 16.1 […]

by × 25 March 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 Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Ukrainian “Orange Revolution 2.0” – Is Arab Spring Going Back To Eastern Europe, Where It Started 10 years ago?

Ukrainian “Orange Revolution 2.0” – Is Arab Spring Going Back To Eastern Europe, Where It Started 10 years ago?

It is 18 February, 2014 and “Khreschatyk”, central street of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, is witnessing hundreds of thousands of angry demonstrators – the biggest public uprising since 2004 “Orange Revolution”. People came out in the streets to protest against government’s decision which rejected Association Agreement (AA) with the EU […]

by × 19 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 Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Leadership, legitimacy and accountability

Leadership, legitimacy and accountability

Social media can voice people’s demands, here and now. But they also often disperse or distort the original message, by mixing diverse audiences into a single communication channel. Users of social media who claim to reflect the “voice of the people” face a dual responsibility and challenge to accurately and […]

by × 20 January 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Government with the people

Government with the people

Geoff Mulgan spoke on the evening of Monday 9 December as part of the Blavatnik School of Government’s Challenges of Government Conference. Mulgan was known already to many in the audience – perhaps from his work as co-founder of Demos, as a past director of the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy […]

by × 17 January 2014 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

People Power Politics – how change happens

People Power Politics – how change happens

As the world celebrated Nelson Mandela’s life and mourned his passing, I found myself sitting in the opening session of the Challenges of Government conference, reflecting upon the interaction between people, power and governments. Mandela symbolises the anti-apartheid movement. The movement in turn symbolises people-powered change. This is because it […]

by × 07 January 2014 ×