Governance, cooperation and law

BSG Staff, Governance, cooperation and law

Why tax policies have to change in the next two decades and what it means for the sustainability of public finance

Why tax policies have to change in the next two decades and what it means for the sustainability of public finance

“Taxation is a complex technical issue, but that hasn’t stopped the Blavatnik School’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) students from rolling up their sleeves and getting down to the business of considering structural tax reform,” says Professor Karthik Ramanna, director of the MPP and co-author of the Future of Taxation […]

by × 17 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

High-rise house with trees, shrubs and hedges in the city of Milan

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, 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 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience, Governance, cooperation and law

Division of wealth from a rooftop in Casablanca, urban Morocco

Navigating the urban age

Whatever we might say is right or wrong with cities of the 21st century, they’re indisputably a defining feature of our age. As much as we’re post-modern, post-gender or post-colonial, we’re also post-rural. Our existence, for an increasing majority, is urban. Even more than that, our aspirations are urban. This […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

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

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Why governments fear regulating technology companies

Any item you can think of delivered to your home in a matter of hours and at a low price; rides taking you from one side of the city to the other quickly and conveniently; staying connected to your friends and family, seeing their every update with the swipe of […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Staff, Governance, cooperation and law

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Turning politics inside-out – where do you stand?

Christina is an engaged, capable and professional young woman. She excelled in her university studies and had the pick of employers for her first job. A strong commitment to her community led her to work for her country’s government, where she has progressed rapidly through a set of increasingly challenging […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

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

1 May 2019: Girl in uniform at the Yonggwang subway station, Pyongyang Metro

North Korea’s millennials (aka ‘Jangmadang Generation’ and Generation Z

After finishing her homework and house chores and saying goodnight to her parents, Ha-Young would plug her earbuds into her tablet, and watch the latest Korean drama series underneath her blanket. Upon finishing the series, she would take the USB stick to school and quietly ask her trusted friends if […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×