Governance, cooperation and law

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

Costly mistakes: how US policymakers can better prepare for the next major threat

Costly mistakes: how US policymakers can better prepare for the next major threat

Whether the emergency is the outbreak of a new disease or a climate-related disaster, it is critical for policymakers to ensure adequate resources are available before disaster strikes. Yet the US is often underprepared for high-risk events with a high probability, with irrational decision making and interest group politics leading […]

by × 25 March 2020 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Lebanon in free fall: it may get worse before it gets better

Lebanon in free fall: it may get worse before it gets better

In October 2019, demonstrators took to the streets of Lebanon, chanting “all of them means all of them”— a cry for the entire government to resign. For the first time in years, the country witnessed the mobilisation of thousands of its citizens across every city. There were even Lebanese protests […]

by × 06 March 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Close-up of a traditional, worn sign showing the direction to the town hall.

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 Alumni, Economic growth and resilience, Governance, cooperation and law

Australia is burning – make sure your money is not fuelling the climate emergency

Australia is burning – make sure your money is not fuelling the climate emergency

The bushfires in Australia are unprecedented and devastating. Yet one of the most inspiring things in the wake of the destruction is the outpouring of support from Australians and friends overseas to donate to the rural fire services, humanitarian organisations and animal support agencies. Giving to these organisations is meaningful […]

by × 05 February 2020 ×

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

Group of American activists protesting

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 ×