Governance, cooperation and law

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

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 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, John Podesta. Photo by Center for American Progress via Flickr CC

Social-democrats are the response to populists and Trumpists

Recent events such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump have proven one thing (among many); that “the people” are fed up with traditional partisan politics. The uninspiring administration of the status quo by governments has been penalised, and shallow and easy answers have been elected. Because of their […]

by × 29 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Coldplay  at Glastonbury 2016. Photo by: Guy Hurst. Source: Flickr Creative Commons

Law, nationalism and absurdity: The case of Coldplay and the Indian flag

Coldplay performed in India for the first time last weekend. The band was promoting a sanitation campaign at the Global Citizen Festival on World Toilet Day. It was a grand occasion for Indian music lovers and a rare (if not unique) chance for the sub-continent seeing performances from world famous […]

by × 23 November 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

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 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Central Square and Legislative Council Building, Hong Kong

In the darkest hour we must have faith not fear

We have hit a new low over these past two weeks. Barely anyone could have foreseen the outcome of the US elections last week that has led to a questioning of democracy. While in Hong Kong, Beijing NPCSC’s interpretation of the Basic Law (the constitution that governs Hong Kong Special […]

by × 18 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Can Marrakech’s COP22 solve the unfinished tasks of Paris’ COP21?

Can Marrakech’s COP22 solve the unfinished tasks of Paris’ COP21?

In December 2015, the 21st conference of the parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) had made a decisive turning point in the world’s endeavour to avert dangerous changes in our climate. 195 nations pledged to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the […]

by × 17 November 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

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To save itself, the EU must look east

The people of the former Eastern Bloc know how a bad union can impact their lives, and consequently they see the immense benefits in their membership of a democratic, free and (relatively) prosperous union. But recent years, possibly decades, have shown that the European Union is in trouble. Not only […]

by × 10 November 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

2016 Presidential election in Taiwan. Image: Studio Incendo. Source: Flickr Creative Commons.

Practicality over politics: Taiwan’s case for inclusion in international organisations

Since the Nationalists fled the mainland controlled by the communists following the Chinese Civil War in 1949, Taiwan has been governed as an independent country; first, as a military junta overseen by Chiang Kai-Shek, but from 1996 onwards as an electoral democracy. In just over two decades, Taiwan has built the […]

by × 04 November 2016 ×