Post Tagged with: "UK"

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Protest outside County Hall Norwich against cuts to social care. Image credit: Roger Blackwell

When welfare sabotages lives

As Christmas approaches, the United Kingdom is accelerating the rollout of a social security scheme only Ebenezer Scrooge could love. The “universal credit” programme replaces six different welfare benefits – such as the child tax credit and the housing benefit – with one. The goal is to incentivise employment, and […]

by × 26 December 2017 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Image: 'Homeless by a Wall', by Garry Knight

The case against free-market capitalism

Free-market capitalism is on trial. In the United Kingdom, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accuses neoliberalism of increasing homelessness, throwing children into poverty, and causing wages to fall below subsistence level. For the defence, Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May cites the immense potential of an open, innovative, free-market economy. Similar “proceedings” are taking place […]

by × 12 October 2017 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Image credit: Michael Spiller

Brexit down on the farm

The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union no doubt carries many risks. But, if British politicians and business leaders are right, it also creates an important opportunity: the possibility of building a safer, greener, more efficient, and more innovative farming sector. If the UK manages to seize this opportunity, […]

by × 11 August 2017 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Prime Minister Theresa May. Image credit: Raul Mee

A Brexit strategy for a weak UK government

As Prime Minister Theresa May seeks to form a new government, following an election in which her Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority, she knows that, within days, she will also need to get down to the nitty-gritty of negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union. Preparations for the Brexit […]

by × 09 June 2017 ×

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 ×