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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 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

US general election polls 2016. Source: Wikimedia

Systemic errors, group behaviour and uncertainty: Why the polls did not predict Trump’s victory

Many people predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the US presidential elections – academics, pollsters, newspapers. I was assuming so, too. She was leading with a significant edge in national polls over the last weeks of the electoral campaign. But now Donald Trump is the President-elect. Why did the polls […]

by × 01 December 2016 ×

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 ×