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Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Faculty

Coming up in Hilary Term

Professor Monica Duffy Toft looks ahead at the upcoming core teaching and guest speakers joining us at BSG over Hilary Term.

by × 11 January 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Dean's corner

Welcome to the BSG blog

Welcome to the BSG blog

Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, recalls highlights of the successful first term at BSG, and discusses applications for entry in 2013.

by × 11 January 2013 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Focus locally, Imagine globally at BSG

MPP student Aparajita Bharti reflects on her experience of being part of the first MPP cohort at the Blavatnik School of Government during Oxford’s Michaelmas Term.

by × 11 January 2013 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Behind the scenes at BSG admissions

Behind the scenes at BSG admissions

Casper Bangert from the programmes team shares some behind the scenes insight into the admissions process for the MPP programme.

by × 11 January 2013 ×

BSG Students, Deepening Democracy

A Deeper Democracy Begins with Proper Elections: Citizens United, the rise of the Super PAC and the loss of electoral integrity in the US

A Deeper Democracy Begins with Proper Elections: Citizens United, the rise of the Super PAC and the loss of electoral integrity in the US

It was a sunny day in March 2011 and Stephen Colbert was getting restless. Colbert had been working out a comedic sketch of a political ad by the former Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, but he did not quite know how to end the parody. Then Colbert had an idea: […]

by × 20 December 2012 ×

BSG Students, Deepening Democracy

In America, Corporations are People. But should they be?

In America, Corporations are People. But should they be?

Now that November 6th has passed, Americans will stop keeping up with politics and continue Keeping up with the Kardashians. Yet, several of the most crucial elements of American democracy still warrant close attention, including voter identification laws, the restrictions on early voting and, not least of all, the newest […]

by × 14 December 2012 ×

BSG Students, Deepening Democracy

Strengthening Democracy in Togo: How to Give women a greater voice

Strengthening Democracy in Togo: How to Give women a greater voice

The integrity of the March 2010 Togolese presidential election was formally challenged immediately following the announcement of incumbent Faure Gnassingbé’s victory. Fortunately, the violence and massive internal displacement that marred the 2005 race were not repeated, but the opposition alleged widespread irregularities and fraud. Ultimately the result was upheld, and […]

by × 11 December 2012 ×

BSG Students, Deepening Democracy

The Uneven Playing Field: Political finance in post-Arab Spring countries

The Uneven Playing Field: Political finance in post-Arab Spring countries

Pro-democracy protesters in Yemen with an umbrella full of money. (Source: Al Jazeera English) “Our revolution was hijacked,” Mahmoud, a young protestor from Yemen, told me in one of our discussions. “We stand no chance against the established powers in any elections,” said Marwa, another young protestor from Egypt. Mahmoud […]

by × 07 December 2012 ×