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January 26, 2024

🔮 How populists damage governments

Mauricio I. Dussauge-Laguna Little by little, scholarship on populism and public policy and administration has shown that populists in government cause significant damage to government institutions and policy processes. Mauricio I. Dussauge-Laguna argues that Mexico’s experience under president López Obrador reinforces these findings and adds fresh (if discouraging) evidence to the argument Read more
October 5, 2023

Why ‘levelling up’ in the UK has so far failed – and what a Labour government might do about it

Jack Newman Jack Newman, Simon Collinson, Nigel Driffield, Nigel Gilbert and Charlotte Hoole argue that the real solutions to the failings of the Conservative government’s levelling-up agenda in the UK lie in governance and not just investment. This is a lesson the Labour Party, as likely winner of the next election, should learn Read more
July 27, 2023

Gender Impact Assessment: a policy tool to advance gender equality

Gaia Taffoni Countries attempting to improve women's position in relation to that of men have started using a Gender Impact Assessment (GIA) to examine policies' potential effects. But social and cultural barriers to gender justice and the politicisation of gender mainstreaming challenge its successful implementation, writes Gaia Taffoni Read more
March 10, 2023

Pandemic Europe three years on: insights from political science

Veronica Anghel It is three years since the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a pandemic, on 11 March 2020. Veronica Anghel conducts a retrospective analysis of the impact of the health crisis, from all social scientific perspectives. Did political science rise to the challenge? Read more
March 2, 2023

What turns a high-ranking Rabbinical manager into a policy entrepreneur?

Niva Golan-Nadir Innovative bureaucratic reforms are often explained by pointing to the motivations of individual bureaucrats or organisational culture. Yet, Niva Golan-Nadir explains how macro-level factors such as bureaucratic inefficiency, public criticism, and competition from NGOs also help initiate policy innovation and motivate managers into becoming entrepreneurs The bureaucratic inefficiency of Kosher food inspection in Israel The […] Read more
January 9, 2023

The ‘co-production’ of public transport services on the Shabbat in Israel

Niva Golan-Nadir Niva Golan-Nadir examines the origins of alternative politics in the form of co-production of essential services. As an example, she looks at the provision of public transport services in Israel on the Sabbath. She models the way this comes about, how it works, and considers its implications for democracy Read more
October 27, 2022

Complex laws are the price of inclusive democracy

Steffen Hurka Why are laws often so hard to understand? Steffen Hurka argues that the complexity of laws increases when political conflict becomes more intense and when decision-making becomes more inclusive. Democracies aim for compromise and the balancing of interests, and complex laws are the inevitable consequence Read more
May 31, 2022

♟️ Varieties of authoritarianism, and how they might be studied

Catherine Owen Catherine Owen argues that understanding how regime type influences public sector performance can illuminate varieties of ‘authoritarian public policy’ and the resilience of authoritarian states. To do so, she calls on the fields of public administration and comparative politics to work together Read more

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