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BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

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Efficiency and legitimacy in inter-local agreements: why collaboration has become a default choice among councils

Historically, English local councils aspired to be self-sufficient. Despite engaging in thorough collaboration with agencies outside of the local government system, local authorities have exhibited a remarkable aversion to the kinds of inter-municipal collaboration commonly practised in Europe and the USA. But this changed markedly after 2010, with the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition government […]

by × 02 March 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Wind turbines in the North Sea, England

What the world needs now is… a net zero club

With just over eight months to go, we now have a new COP26 president in place and preparations for the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted are in full swing. Alok Sharma has no easy task. The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow this November for […]

by × 27 February 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

People wearing masks in Guangzhou, China, February 2020. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

When viruses turn political

Before the coronavirus exploded into the news, a report by the World Health Organization warned that the world was not prepared for “a fast-moving, virulent respiratory pathogen pandemic” that could kill 50-80 million people, cause panic and instability, and seriously affect the global economy and trade. The experience of the last 200-plus […]

by × 17 February 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Science and technology

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook's Developer Conference in April 2019. Photo: Anthony Quintano

Is Huawei really more dangerous than Facebook?

The United States and some of its allies have acted decisively to exclude the Chinese technology company Huawei from their national markets, yet they continue to ignore the similar threat posed by Facebook and other US digital giants. Democratic governments must now be equally decisive in dealing with this home-grown […]

by × 23 December 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

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When corruption scandals open the doors of power for women

Whenever a corruption scandal hits the headlines, public attention tends to gravitate towards identifying the resources that have gone missing and the scoundrels responsible. Corruption often triggers collective moral outrage, and, at least where the problem is not systemic, it can motivate citizens to hold public officials to account. But […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

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Distrusted by the young? Build integrity

Falling trust in government is a problem. It is a particular problem among the young. The Pew Research Center recently released data showing that US adults aged between 18 and 29 reported 22% less confidence in the military than those aged 50+, 18% less in the police, 6% less in […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Houses in Belfast

Should millennials be cheesed off about house prices?

The question of what duties are owed to future generations is a puzzling and difficult intellectual problem. It has ceased to be only that, however. As members of younger generations – millennials, born 1981–2000, and Gen Z, born since 2000 – encounter unexpected challenges in the economy, there is a […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law, Science and technology

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Governing technological disruption: policy and regulation for a digital age

In 2018, Uganda passed a daily ‘social media tax’ of 200 Ugandan shillings (around US$0.05) for several internet applications, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. Policymakers hoped the measure would increase revenue. It backfired: after the introduction of the tax, use of online platforms and tax revenues from these services plummeted […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×