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Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Green Templeton College. Source: Oxford Graduate Studies on Medium.

A day in the life of an MPP student: Agnes Nakirya

You can see what The MPP Year looks like in our infographic, but what does a typical day entail for an MPP student? Agnes Nakirya describes her activities from dawn to dusk… My alarm goes off… My alarm goes off at 6:30am but that’s mostly to prepare me to wake up! […]

by × 20 February 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Photo: Rob Pongsajapan

The mathematics of integrity

Integrity, considered at the level of an individual, is a virtue. But what is to be a virtuous person? Consider how three types of people might respond to the dilemma of whether or not to take a bribe. The first type of person calculates the benefits and costs of the […]

by × 15 February 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

A Comptroller General of Brazil (CGU) building.

How auditing can be directed against corruption: the case of Brazil’s municipality-facing auditing programme

The wrongful exercise of authority over the use of public money is a major issue for public governance in many countries.  As a tool of public governance, auditing is often directed against public office-holders’ corrupt activities and behaviour. This study seeks to advance professional knowledge about applying auditing to this […]

by × 15 February 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Two sides of transparency: how audits sometimes help, sometimes harm, women’s political representation

Two sides of transparency: how audits sometimes help, sometimes harm, women’s political representation

It seems reasonable to assume that progressive policies help each other along. That, for example, programmes to improve transparency and lower corruption go hand in hand with efforts to encourage more women to stand for political office. But is this assumption justified? And what if the opposite were sometimes the […]

by × 14 February 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

When organisations don’t play ball: Integrity in the National Football League

When organisations don’t play ball: Integrity in the National Football League

The ‘National Football League’ (NFL) – the premier body of American Football – is a behemoth organisation with its own constitution, by-laws and processes for governing the sport. But recent events have cast shadows over the integrity of the organisation. In this blog post, I argue that two recent player […]

by × 14 February 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps: an Insider’s Perspective

The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps: an Insider’s Perspective

Dr Yajun Bao was a visiting fellow at the Blavatnik School from Feb 2017 to Feb 2018. Here, in conversation with his mentor at the Blavatnik School, Dr Ruth Dixon, he discusses his new paper ‘The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps: An Insider’s Perspective.’ RD: Yajun, in your paper you […]

by × 02 February 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

How 300,000 “forgotten people” are falling through cracks in the welfare system

How 300,000 “forgotten people” are falling through cracks in the welfare system

When we think of needy people, we usually think of the unemployed. Government systems—and our entire way of thinking—is focussed around joblessness as a marker for needing support. My recent Resolution Foundation research suggests the relationship between unemployment and needing help isn’t so clear cut. Most unemployed people don’t get benefits; while […]

by × 15 January 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

A man exits a restaurant after he looked for his belongings. An earthquake rocked Port au Prince on January 12, 2010. Photo: Marco Dormino. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Haiti earthquake anniversary: In crisis, cleverness is born

While President Donald Trump is dividing people with his comments, in the midst of natural crisis, here is what I, as an 18-year-old Haitian, was doing to help protect an American’s life during the 2010 Haiti’s earthquake, exactly 8 years ago today. “In crisis, cleverness is born” is a Chinese […]

by × 12 January 2018 ×