Articles by: Lucy Forsyth

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Photo: Rob Pongsajapan

The mathematics of integrity

Integrity, considered at the level of an individual, is a virtue. But what is to be a virtuous person? Consider how three types of people might respond to the dilemma of whether or not to take a bribe. The first type of person calculates the benefits and costs of the […]

by × 15 February 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

A Comptroller General of Brazil (CGU) building.

How auditing can be directed against corruption: the case of Brazil’s municipality-facing auditing programme

The wrongful exercise of authority over the use of public money is a major issue for public governance in many countries.  As a tool of public governance, auditing is often directed against public office-holders’ corrupt activities and behaviour. This study seeks to advance professional knowledge about applying auditing to this […]

by × 15 February 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Two sides of transparency: how audits sometimes help, sometimes harm, women’s political representation

Two sides of transparency: how audits sometimes help, sometimes harm, women’s political representation

It seems reasonable to assume that progressive policies help each other along. That, for example, programmes to improve transparency and lower corruption go hand in hand with efforts to encourage more women to stand for political office. But is this assumption justified? And what if the opposite were sometimes the […]

by × 14 February 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

When organisations don’t play ball: Integrity in the National Football League

When organisations don’t play ball: Integrity in the National Football League

The ‘National Football League’ (NFL) – the premier body of American Football – is a behemoth organisation with its own constitution, by-laws and processes for governing the sport. But recent events have cast shadows over the integrity of the organisation. In this blog post, I argue that two recent player […]

by × 14 February 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps: an Insider’s Perspective

The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps: an Insider’s Perspective

Dr Yajun Bao was a visiting fellow at the Blavatnik School from Feb 2017 to Feb 2018. Here, in conversation with his mentor at the Blavatnik School, Dr Ruth Dixon, he discusses his new paper ‘The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps: An Insider’s Perspective.’ RD: Yajun, in your paper you […]

by × 02 February 2018 ×

BSG Events, Governance, cooperation and law

A practitioner training course: integrity and values in government

A practitioner training course: integrity and values in government

This January the Blavatnik School of Government welcomed 31 Lemann Fellows and four MPP alumni to its ‘Integrity and Values in Government’ executive training course. The first of its kind at the School, the three-day course comprised seminars and lectures discussing the concepts of integrity and corruption, as well as […]

by × 25 January 2018 ×

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 ×

Health, welfare and well-being

Female condoms – a technology for women with low bargaining power?

Female condoms – a technology for women with low bargaining power?

Condoms are the only well-established technology that protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Yet in 2015 alone, an estimated 3.3 billion risky sex acts took place without condoms in Sub-Saharan Africa, leading to 910,000 new HIV infections (UNAIDS, 2016a). Women disproportionally bear the costs associated with risky sex: they are […]

by × 06 December 2017 ×