Post Tagged with: "UK"

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

Bruno and his family in front of the British Museum, London.

Plan ahead and go with the flow: Lessons for studying for a Master of Public Policy with family

When I first thought about doing a master degree, a big part of the motivation was to give my kids the opportunity to study abroad. The benefits of a full year of new adventures in a foreign country is hard to measure and also tough to visualise. Learning another language […]

by × 17 November 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

Our alumna Dorkina Myrick at the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance, the culmination of her MPP summer project.

Politics and policy: My summer project at the UK Department of Health

This past summer marked the 20th anniversary of my first visit to the United Nations (UN). I remember first walking into the UN complex during a family trip. We promptly joined a tour and were fortunate to be assigned a guide who was deeply knowledgeable about the inner workings of […]

by × 08 November 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Anti-Brexit march in London, July 2016. Photo by: David B Young. Source: Flickr Creative Commons

It’s perfectly sensible to want a second EU referendum. Here’s why

In 1955, a referendum was held in Sweden on whether the country should continue to drive on the left or if there should be a switch to the right. A government committee investigating this issue had recommended such a change, the main argument being that this was the traffic system […]

by × 12 September 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Bulgaria will be taking on the presidency of the European Council in 2018

Eastern Europe and Brexit: Avoiding an ‘ever looser union’

As the Bratislava summit of the other 27 EU member states nears, shuttle diplomacy has intensified. After Theresa May’s tour of European capitals in late July, Angela Merkel met with fellow leaders last week. Both have had to acknowledge the concerns of Central and Eastern European countries – Slovakia for […]

by × 07 September 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Trump speaks at an Arizona rally in March 2016. Photo: Gage Skidmore. Source: Wikimedia

Why don’t we trust our leaders?

In developed democracies today, political leadership is increasingly up for grabs. Voters, clearly tired of the status quo, want change at the top, leaving even major parties’ establishments struggling to install leaders of their choosing. In the United Kingdom, Labour Party MPs have been stymied in their efforts to unseat […]

by × 04 August 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

March to protest against the result of referendum on British membership of the European Union.  Photo by: Sam Greenhalgh. Source: Flickr.

Brexit’s echo chambers

The lead up to the Brexit referendum was marked by widespread confidence that the UK would continue to remain in the EU. Complacency was epidemic, from strong market optimism (which would later suffer a heavy landing) to the unwillingness of businesses and politicians to consider the consequences of a change […]

by × 12 July 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Newly elected Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Prime Minister David Cameron campaign for Britain to stay in the EU.

Settling for second best

One important piece of economics has not been discussed enough in the Brexit debate: the Theory of Second Best Sixty years ago, a little paper somewhat revolutionised economics simply by explaining what seems like common sense: If your first best option is not available, the second best option might be […]

by × 08 June 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

(Credit: Leon Brocard. Source: Flickr)

Immigration may reduce the time you wait to see the doctor

Migrants’ free access to the NHS and the perceived health care costs associated with it have generated much debate in the UK and even resulted in the introduction of a fee for certain non-EU citizens. Some politicians have blamed migration for the increase in waiting times, particularly in A&E. In […]