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BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Women's March on Washington, 21 January 2017. Image: Mobilus in Mobili. Source: Flickr CreativeCommons

More than a Women’s March: A movement for representation and justice for all

Friday, 20 January 2017, marked the beginning of a new era in American politics and global history. Thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the inauguration of Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States, and participate in the festivities of the day. Inauguration Day is […]

by × 27 January 2017 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff applaud in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill, March 21, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Farewell President Obama: A legacy in question?

In a few hours the tradition of a peaceful transition of power that has taken place since John Adams was sworn-in as the second President of the United States will continue. President Obama will awake as the American Commander-in-Chief and when he ends his day his only title will be […]

by × 19 January 2017 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

The leader of NEOS - Das Neue Österreich, Matthias Strolz

Established parties won’t survive in this new political landscape

The publication of my classmate Lukas’ blog post about the role of social-democratic parties in the fight against populist parties and movements caused a lot of discussion among the MPP class, and I felt I wanted to write a response. Although I agree that social-democracy could be an answer to […]

by × 12 January 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Stand Up For Science rally in San Francisco, USA, December 2016. Photo: Peg Hunter. Source: Flickr CC

Facts under attack: science policy in the “post-truth” era

“If we are not serious about facts – what’s true and what’s not – and particularly in an age of social media where so many people are getting information in sound bytes and snippets off their phones… If we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems.” […]

by × 20 December 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Photo: iStock

We don’t live in a world in which post-truth politics is inevitable

“Take back control” has been an intoxicating rallying call to voters not just in Britain, but in the United States, and many other parts of the world.  People are “making themselves heard” in elections and referendums. Their votes are signalling that they no longer trust or feel linked to establishment […]

by × 13 December 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Supporters of Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Gage Skidmore. Source: Flickr CC

Can corruption explain the success of Donald Trump?

In a number of yearly polls, Gallup has reported that since 2010, between 73 and 79 percent of Americans agree that “corruption is widespread throughout the government in this country.” These staggering figures are by no means unique but there is considerable variation between countries, from 99 percent in Greece, […]

by × 09 December 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Protesters outside the Trump International Hotel, Washington DC USA. Photo by Ted Eytan. Source: Flickr CC

The new xenophobia

Democratic governments in the West are increasingly losing their bearings. From the shift toward illiberalism in Poland and Hungary to the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and Donald Trump’s victory in the United States’ presidential election, a particularly lethal strain of populism is infecting societies – and it is […]

by × 08 December 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

Yasushi, Haruka and Maho at the MPP graduation ceremony.

Juggling study and childcare in Oxford

Last year, my wife Haruka and I decided to study for an MPP at the Blavatnik School: it was an unforgettable moment in our life as a family, especially as we brought our two-year-old daughter Maho with us to Oxford. Balancing between study and childcare can be a bit tricky, […]

by × 07 December 2016 ×