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Participants of the 44th G7 summit in La Malbaie, 8 June 2018. Image credit: 内閣官房内閣広報室 via Wikimedia Commons

Does international cooperation require shared values?

Between escalating trade disputes and the divisions at the G7’s summit this month, the breakdown of global governance has become starkly apparent. The United States can no longer be counted on to uphold, much less enforce, existing rules, and countries more broadly cannot be assumed to agree on, much less […]

by × 27 June 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Climate march in London in 2014.

Now is the time to step up together on climate change

How can countries step up climate action to meet the goals they set for themselves in Paris? A big part of the answer lays in building stronger links to local governments, the private sector, and civil society. In 2018, an international effort to increase climate action and raise ambition has […]

by × 30 April 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

UKIP Campaigners on the eve of the Eastleigh by-elections 2013. Image credit: Jennifer Jane Mills

How to steal the populists’ clothes

“Don’t get mad, get even.” That aphorism needs to become the new norm in democratic politics across Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Rather than complaining about populist successes, established political parties should take a page from the populist playbook. Three lessons, in particular, cry out for attention. The first […]

by × 11 April 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Prime Minister Theresa May and President Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 2018

International cooperation 2.0

After decades of serving as the backbone of a rules-based global order, the United States, under President Donald Trump, is touting an “America First” agenda that extols narrow economic nationalism and distrust of international institutions and agreements. But a new type of international cooperation may be emerging – one that […]

by × 20 February 2018 ×

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 ×