Governance, cooperation and law

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 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Debating Federalism in Yemen

Debating Federalism in Yemen

The Southern Movement in Yemen, known as Southern Hirak, is closer than ever before to achieving a negotiated resolution that addresses at least some of its demands. Capitalizing on Southern grievances following the 1994 civil war in Yemen, Hirak established itself as a protest movement in 2007 demanding to address […]

by × 11 November 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Less is more when it comes to migrant rights

Less is more when it comes to migrant rights

Last week the UN General Assembly debated the global governance of international labour migration. This meeting was particularly timely, following reports of numerous deaths among Nepalese workers on World Cup construction sites in Qatar. But as they gathered in New York, policymakers  once again overlooked one of the hardest questions […]

by × 07 October 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Global Cooperation Buckling Under Past Successes

Global Cooperation Buckling Under Past Successes

In finance and beyond, how is global cooperation failing from its own prior wins? The 2008-2009 financial crisis was arguably the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression. Why, then, has regulatory reform in key countries and at the global level been so piecemeal? Measures that have been agreed on, […]

by × 11 September 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Understanding China’s domestic agenda can end UN climate gridlock

Understanding China’s domestic agenda can end UN climate gridlock

The EU and US need to understand the domestic constraints to what they can contribute to Chinese climate policy Li Shuo of Greenpeace China has recently argued on chinadialogue that UN climate talks can drive more ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions in China, the world’s largest emitter. This optimism goes against […]

by × 03 July 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Against the odds of history

Against the odds of history

The recent elections portend a democratic deepening in Pakistan. This is a moment to build on. The surprising landslide of Nawaz Sharif marks a historic moment in Pakistan’s political history. Many are optimistic that Pakistan has taken a momentous step towards strengthening its democracy. But for this opening to endure, […]

by × 02 July 2013 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

The Anaemic State

The Anaemic State

As Britain’s Coalition government struggles to suppress state spending, key institutions of state bear the brunt of cuts. At home, the NHS budget is ‘ring-fenced’, but budget challenges remain, whereas the Police cling firm to their priorities despite facing deeper cuts. Pivotal in promoting British interests abroad, two institutions, the […]

by × 24 June 2013 ×