GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE – Is the System Still Working?

By Sarah E L Stricker, on 13 November 2015

Written by Burcu Yigiter

Professor Daniel Drezner argues that systems of global governance responded efficaciously to the economic stagnation of 2008.

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a regular contributor to the Washington Post. His latest book, ‘The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression’, formed the basis for this evening’s talk. Former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, Sir John Gieve, was present to respond to Drezner’s argument, whilst the event was chaired by UCL’s Dr Jonathan Monten.

Drezner covered a lot of ground and his argument was rich and detailed. However, the bottom-line of his argument was clear: contrary to conventional wisdom, systems of global economic governance were effective in assisting the recovery process following the 2008 global recession. In fact, the aftermath to the recession can be deemed a global governance success story.

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Jesse Scott speaks at the Policy and Practice Lecture

By Sarah E L Stricker, on 10 November 2015

The UN Climate Conference 2015: what is it trying to do and can it succeed?
Written by Alex Heaven

196 countries, countless vested interests, 12 days and one agreement to determine the future of the world as we know it. COP21 is politically fundamental for ongoing cooperation on climate change and instrumental in making sure that action is worthwhile.Jesse Scott Photo

Jesse Scott, of the International Energy Agency, with an impressively diverse resume of climate change and energy sector roles and a powerfully captivating voice, elucidated the politics, practicalities and the reasons for cautious positivity in the lead up to November 30 when she spoke at the School of Public Policy’s Policy and Practice lecture on the 5th of November.

With the energy sector contributing to two thirds of anthropogenic global carbon emissions it represents one of the biggest challenges and biggest opportunities for change towards action on climate change. The IEA’s Energy and Climate Change Special Report, summarises the role of COP21 in setting a direction and mandating change in the energy sector.

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IPPR goes to Brussels

By Chris C B Rogers, on 15 July 2015

6.30 am sharp I meet with Alex and Arina at St Pancras International, as the rest of our group trickle in and the questions and excitement begin. Is there time for a coffee says one – yes but stay close we are boarding soon. Where are the rest of them – says another. We get coffee and find the rest of the participants. Does everybody have their tickets I shout? YES! Ok great, let’s go!


After the morning flurry of getting everybody together, checking off names, mini panics of the late comers and giving out of all the tickets, the first ever IPPR road trip is upon us. 40 students of UCL’s finest pack into coach 4 on the Eurostar to Brussels. This sounds like it’s going to be fun. We have a chance to gather ourselves, relax, share snacks and dissertation strategies. Arina, Alex, George, and I are going through the details of our itinerary for our visit to the European Parliament and the European Commission. We are about to visit what is probably the most discussed political project of Europe’s post-war history: the European Union. We had questions, thoughts, interests, and were eagerly awaiting what the epicentre of European affairs had to offer. Did I mention this was all happening behind a backdrop of a 35 degree heatwave!

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A Question of Toleration:

By Chris C B Rogers, on 19 January 2015

By Chris Rogers


PIerre Bayle – early advocate of Toleration















In the aftermath of the Paris attacks the question of toleration has come to the for again, and a number of individuals wish to institute a policy of intolerance towards the intolerant.

‘We may be a tolerant society’, they argue, but we are not required to respect or even tolerate those who themselves are intolerant. To do so risks undermining the entirety of our own society (as was argued by Karl Popper). Morally, if they do not consider toleration something worth adhering to, surely they suspend their right to tolerance as well. Absolutism in favour of Toleration may even be considered, they argue, contradictory: if we are to hold toleration up as the ultimate good, we must necessarily hold intolerance as an intolerable evil. The position seems to collapse in on itself.

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Winds of Change: Potential Areas of Foreign Policy Reform in Sri Lanka

By Chris C B Rogers, on 16 January 2015

By Kithmina V. Hewage


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As the dust settles following an unexpected result in Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election, the focus is gradually shifting from discussions on what caused the incumbent’s loss to what lies ahead with the new administration. President Maithreepala Sirisena’s campaign focused mainly on domestic affairs, related to corruption and government reform, yet requires a firm pivot towards prioritising external affairs as well. Post-conflict Sri Lanka and its Ministry of External Affairs, during the past five years, was notoriously foreign to a policy and depended on haphazard and reactive arrangements, to say the least. In fact, the country lacked any coherent message on relevant issues with contradictory statements being made by local politicians and diplomats. This article attempts to note a few areas in which Sri Lanka could improve its Foreign Policy in order to maximise its strategic interests while achieving a sustainable peace for the future.

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Free Schools are not Free

By Chris C B Rogers, on 5 January 2015

By Chris Rogers


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Free School are the most obvious neo-liberal reforms to the education sector that the UK has experienced since the Thatcher reforms of the 1980s.

For the uninitiated, Free Schools are effectively state schools, which have been granted a greater degree of autonomy and higher levels of funding than state schools. Examples include the famous West London Free School, and the UCL Academy.

Academies (another reform, though left over from the last Labour government) and Free Schools are distinct only in the respect that Academies are existing schools that have converted to Academy status, whilst Free Schools are set up from scratch.

Because Academies are able to adapt and change, freed from pupil allocation by the local authority they are able to compete with one another for pupils. Producing a market or competition in the education sector. Free Schools merely add to the number of schools in an area, allowing a greater degree of completion. In this sense the are the natural neo-liberal extension of Academies.

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