Post Tagged with: "China"

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

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Healthcare in China: my summer project

Coming in to the MPP program, I wanted to learn more about health policy, especially regarding primary care reform (I’m a resident physician in general practice back home in Canada). While looking for a ‘summer project’, I did have many tempting choices, but fortunately didn’t suffer from analysis paralysis: BSG […]

by × 07 August 2015 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Beijing by Philip McMaster (Source: Flickr creative commons)

A Chinese tale of Phaethon

Can Beijing manage the soars and dives of its stock chariot? Scarcely any government is as good as Beijing when it comes to keeping individual economic activities and market interactions under control, but even the most powerful state capitalist on this planet has tasted some bitterness in the fruit of […]

by × 30 July 2015 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Image source Flickr: Jordi Bernabeu Farrús

Hong Kong: Above and Beyond in Students’ Idealism

Like the typhoon that lashed Hong Kong last month, the Occupying Central Movement and student-led strike are in full swing.

Metaphorically, “One Country, Two Systems” is a “symbiosis” – like that of a crown fish and an anemone. While the symbiotic union between the two is usually mutualistic, it can turn antagonistic if inherent contradictions are ill-managed.

by × 13 October 2014 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Image source: Flickr Pasu Au Yeung

Do you hear the people sing? A fight to define who we are

In the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables, there was this scene towards the end where the students realised none of the local Paris citizens have joined them in their protests and they were effectively deserted to fight on their own. For all the songs that were sung, speeches that were given, none of the citizens were stirred enough or believed in the cause enough to “join in their crusade”.
As the protests in Hong Kong continue, there is a worry that we face a similar parallel to Les Miserables if the current protests do not get enough popular support from the local public.

by × 03 October 2014 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Understanding China’s domestic agenda can end UN climate gridlock

Understanding China’s domestic agenda can end UN climate gridlock

The EU and US need to understand the domestic constraints to what they can contribute to Chinese climate policy Li Shuo of Greenpeace China has recently argued on chinadialogue that UN climate talks can drive more ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions in China, the world’s largest emitter. This optimism goes against […]

by × 03 July 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Aligning national incentives to a global solution: a US energy surplus dividend

Aligning national incentives to a global solution: a US energy surplus dividend

  “Global problems require global solutions.” This truism is a favorite of politicians attending global summits and IR scholars alike. On one level it is of course correct. We will not solve a problem like climate change unless all major emitters agree to reduce emissions. But the phrase glosses over […]

BSG Faculty, Dean's corner

Welcome to the BSG blog

Welcome to the BSG blog

Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, recalls highlights of the successful first term at BSG, and discusses applications for entry in 2013.

by × 11 January 2013 ×

BSG Students, Deepening Democracy

How to improve democracy in China? Start with a free press

How to improve democracy in China? Start with a free press

Before joining the first cohort of students at the Blavatnik School of Government, I worked as a journalist for state-owned China Central Television, the biggest media outlet in China. Before that I spent four years working as a reporter and anchor for the Beijing Television Station, the local outlet for China’s capital city, also owned and operated by the government. Based on this, if I’m asked, about a single measure would strengthen democracy in my home country, I would firstly respond that you have to have more than one measure to reach that goal. However, if I can only choose one, I would definitely vote for free speech and an independent media.

by × 08 November 2012 ×