Governance, cooperation and law

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Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in 2015. Photo: Mauro Rico / Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación.

Fernández-Fernández: centrist credibility in the Argentina election?

In any presidential campaign, candidates running for president announce their ticket partner for vice president. At least that seems to be the rule of thumb everywhere, but Argentina. For the first time in Argentine history, a candidate running for vice president announced their formula partner for the upcoming elections in […]

by × 30 May 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Protesters in Chicago, Illinois denounce policies restricting women’s reproductive rights. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons.

Democracy and representation: lessons from Alabama’s blanket abortion ban

Last week, the Senate of the State of Alabama passed the most restrictive abortion law in the United States. It allows abortions only when there is a “serious health risk” to the mother, precluding them in cases of rape, and raising penalties to up to 99 years in prison for […]

by × 28 May 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Design thinking in government

Design thinking in government

When I first suggested the topic of this blog to a friend, he said it was an oxymoron. Design and government? Thinking and government? If design thinking is all about putting people first, many do not believe that policies really put people first. The design thinking process involves many steps […]

by × 23 May 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

The Trump Baby blimp rises over London’s Parliament Square. Image: Michael Reeve. Source: Flickr.

Protesting in the digital age

Elections and referenda are just two ways for people to have a say in how they are governed. Protesting is another, which is why rights of assembly and free speech are protected in most democracies. And in many democracies nowadays, those rights are being used to the fullest. Climate activists […]

by × 30 April 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

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The Brexit impossibility triangle

With the European Union’s latest extension of the United Kingdom’s membership in the bloc, onlookers around the world are right to wonder why the Brexit process has proved so intractable. The short answer is that the UK’s government and parliament are trying to achieve three incompatible goals: preserving the country’s […]

by × 15 April 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Austerity in English local government: why collaboration was not the answer after all

Austerity in English local government: why collaboration was not the answer after all

Whether by historical standards, or compared with other parts of the public sector, the financial settlement awarded to English local government in 2010 was undoubtedly tough. As the Coalition Government sought to manage a perilous fiscal situation through a combination of modest tax rises and far more significant spending cuts, grants to […]

by × 15 March 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

An Airbnb office in Toronto

Learning lessons from the ‘red flag men’ – how regulators should respond to innovation in financial markets

Throughout history, technological advances have put politicians and regulators in a difficult balancing act between embracing the benefits of the transformational changes brought by new technologies, versus providing reassurance to citizens that change can be managed and stability maintained. Take for example the advent of the self-propelled vehicles (cars), which […]

by × 04 March 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

A People's Vote march in London on 23 June 2018. Photo by ilovetheeu via Wikimedia Commons.

The referendum risk

Now that British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing certain defeat, has postponed Parliament’s vote on the deal she concluded with the European Union last month on the United Kingdom’s departure from the bloc, the case for a “people’s vote” – a second Brexit referendum – is gaining ground. But is […]

by × 13 December 2018 ×