Post Tagged with: "Elections"

BSG Students, Deepening Democracy

Joanne in Oxford

More than a ‘name on the ballot’: why politics, why now?

Last week, I launched a campaign to contest the Canadian federal nomination for the New Democratic Party in my hometown riding of Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan. Canada is preparing for a federal election in October, and after almost 10 years of Conservative rule our multi-party political system is primed for an […]

by × 10 June 2015 ×

BSG Students, Deepening Democracy

NDP leader Rachel Notley speaks on stage after being named Alberta's new Premier in Edmonton on May 5, 2015. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette. Source: WikiMedia )

In defense of moderation

I’m a citizen of Alberta, supposedly the most right-leaning province in Canada. With an economy fueled mostly by energy royalties from our “oil-sands” in the north, the collapsed price of oil has not done our province any favors. In recent elections on 5 May 2015, voters decisively ended 44-straight years […]

by × 11 May 2015 ×

BSG Students, Deepening Democracy

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Five quick reflections on the UK election

At the Blavatnik School of Government, I’m often referred to as the “token British” student (there’s one other, but he is also Ecuadorian – I’m just plain old British). I’ve also been involved in the election, canvassing in the run up and all day on May 7th. Due to my […]

by × 08 May 2015 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Marian Schreier (first from right) at the BSG graduation ceremony

BSG alumni: three questions to Marian Schreier, newly elected mayor

Earlier this month we received amazing news from our alumnus Marian Schreier – he had just been elected mayor of Tengen, a 4,500-strong community in southern Germany, near the Swiss border. Having just turned 25, Marian is also the country’s youngest mayor. A member of the first class of BSG […]

by × 30 March 2015 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Indian Elections: Should I aspire to become a Modi, RaGa or Kejriwal?

Indian Elections: Should I aspire to become a Modi, RaGa or Kejriwal?

I often ask myself – whom should I consider a role model if I get into electoral politics someday? This is indeed an increasingly relevant question in an Indian context as we are witnessing a personality centric US presidential style campaign in 2014 national election. For the sake of this article, I want to restrict my choices to three personalities whom I have been following very closely in the last eight months.

by × 13 May 2014 ×

BSG Students, Deepening Democracy

Deepening Democracy: In Nigeria, improving government accountability means paying politicians less

Deepening Democracy: In Nigeria, improving government accountability means paying politicians less

While the Global Commission report on Deepening Democracy provides insightful recommendations on strategies for improving electoral integrity, we must remember that elections are just one step in the democratic process. Certain precursors need to be made right in order to make the report’s recommended strategies achievable. Having lived in Nigeria and experienced the democratic process there, I am of the opinion that one vital measure needed to strengthen its nascent democracy is to drastically reduce the excessive financial incentives that accompany political positions. The quest for political leadership must be guided by a passion to lead and make changes. Sadly, these are noble incentives overshadowed by the “what is in for me?” mentality of personal gratification that has eaten deep into the fabric of the country’s political space.

by × 23 November 2012 ×