Economic growth and resilience

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Brexit’s lost world

Brexit’s lost world

Three shifts, in particular, have created a more hostile environment for a plucky country wanting to set out on its own. First, the global rules-based system has been seriously weakened. Second, China no longer looks like such a good partner for the United Kingdom. And, third, tech platforms have left […]

by × 21 February 2019 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

President Donald Trump and Argentine President Mauricio Macri meet, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead).

The chameleonic paradox of Argentina’s foreign policy

Argentina’s peso has lost around 50% of its value against the dollar this year. In an attempt to explain the situation, BBC World News has recently released a report which compares the country with a fragile eggshell. “Economic fragility is the result of very technical issues —explains BBC journalist Daniel […]

by × 31 October 2018 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Photo credit: Jens Mahnke on Pexels

Britain’s losing trade strategy

Given the escalating trade war between the United States and China, countries around the world are rushing to consolidate their trade relations and preserve existing supply chains. Not so the UK, which is now in the final stages of negotiations to withdraw from the European Union – a move that […]

by × 29 August 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 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, 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 Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

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Can the West compete with the Asian dragon in the African infrastructure space?

In the recent “Dance of the Lions and Dragons” report issued by McKinsey, the story of the infrastructure gap is raised: whilst Africa’s spending on infrastructure has fuelled an infrastructure building boom supported largely by government debt, it still falls short of the $150 billion dollars per annum required. To […]

by × 02 August 2017 ×