Articles by: Lucy Forsyth

Governance, cooperation and law

Subnational climate finance: filling the gap

Subnational climate finance: filling the gap

Cities, states, provinces, and other subnational governments are taking a leadership role in fighting climate change. But how will they pay for it?  New mechanisms are starting to fill the gap. Global investment in addressing climate change totalled $437 billion in 2015 and $383 billion in 2016. Despite these volumes, getting […]

by × 21 November 2017 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

An unfinished school building in Ghana

Unfinished development projects in Ghana: Mechanising collective choice

Project non-completion, commonly attributed to corruption or clientelism, is in fact often caused by an inability to prioritise public expenditure Unfinished infrastructure projects are a common sight in many developing countries. Infrastructure is a high priority for governments, citizens, and donors alike, on account of its crucial role in achieving […]

by × 20 November 2017 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

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The world is in economic, political and environmental gridlock – here’s why

The crisis of contemporary democracy has become a major subject of political science in recent years. Despite this, the symptoms of this crisis – the vote for Brexit and Trump, among others – were not foreseen. Nor were the underlying causes of this new constellation of politics. Focusing on the […]

by × 13 November 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

My journey from the China University of Mining and Technology to the Blavatnik School of Government

My journey from the China University of Mining and Technology to the Blavatnik School of Government

A Chinese soul and a global mind For people around the world, 1st June is International Children’s Day. For me, it has another meaning. 1st June, 2017 marks the 108th Anniversary of my undergraduate alma mater, China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), a university whose predecessor was founded and […]

by × 06 June 2017 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Opposition protest in Venezuela, 6 April 2017.
Image: Jamez42, Wikipedia

Understanding the Venezuelan collapse

How does a country go from the being the richest of its region to absolute collapse? Why have people been protesting daily for over two months? Moreover, why do people continue to demonstrate when over 60 people have been killed by State security forces? How bad can the situation get? […]

by × 02 June 2017 ×