Corona Dispatches: The Policy Corner Community Reports
27. Juni 2020
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Sharing But Not Caring?
22. Juni 2020
Renting, repairing and redistributing instead of hyper-consumption and ownership-the sharing economy seems to revolutionize market capitalism. But can the sharing economy really be a sustainable alternative to market capitalism and create a new socio-economic system for the 21st century? Or is it just another neoliberal experiment in disguise, creating ever more powerful platform owners and disempowered workers?
The Financing of Water: Putting the Trust in Conservation
31. Mai 2020
The reliability and quality of freshwater resources depends on a variety of environmental factors. As policymaking often takes place in silos when it comes to financing water security, we need a more holistic approach to the protection and provision of freshwater resources. By encouraging water trust funds that allow for a decentralized and nature-based approach to water governance, countries can better tackle challenges of water security and improve the health of ecosystems.
Increasing the Legitimacy of Advocative NGOs Through Representation
20. Mai 2020
Advocacy NGOs often face challenges from political actors questioning their legitimacy. A new approach of introducing electorates nationally or regionally to grassroots organizations might protect them against such political attacks, and also serve to increase their legitimacy. The Hungarian Independent Student Parliament provides a potential model that could be replicated in other similar NGOs in and beyond Hungary.
The Art of Peace: Saving Arms Control
13. Mai 2019Frieden und Sicherheit
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Agreement is all but dead. In order to minimize the risk of a new arms race, the EU should strengthen its efforts to include China in the dialogue on arms control.
Privatized Development Aid: A Path to Nowhere
9. Mai 2019Entwicklung und Gesundheit
Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are increasingly replacing official development aid, as stated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. But PPPs have flaws in important areas such as accounta-bility and transparency. Their effectiveness in improving value for money, especially in developing countries, is subject to debate.
Can We Nudge the Diabetes Crisis Away? A UK Perspective
16. April 2019Politik und Gesellschaft
Tackling the growing diabetes crisis with short-term behavioral-inspired lifestyle interventions is a positive step forward, but not enough to ensure long-term behavioral change. The UK government must also address the structural issues contributing to diabetes using traditional economic policies such as extending the sugar tax and enacting stricter advertising regulations and zoning laws.
A New Parliament for the Eurozone?
5. April 2019Europapolitik
European economic policy is suffering from a democratic deficit, leading to calls for a separate parliamentary assembly for the Eurozone. Parliamentary involvement in economic affairs is needed to regain legitimacy and transparency and should be a top priority for Eurozone states.
Diplomatic Gains in Yemen: The Next Steps to Consolidation
8. März 2019Frieden und Sicherheit
The international community and local warring parties have made important progress towards achieving peace in Yemen in the last few months. The US should actively support this positive momentum by investing its resources in local peacebuilding efforts.
Hypersonic Weapons: The New Grand Equalizer for Deterrence?
13. Januar 2019Frieden und Sicherheit
Hypersonic technology, largely viewed as a threat to national security, could balance the capabilities of nuclear weapons states and restore deterrence to a pre-missile defense proliferation state. In light of the recent US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, states should pursue multilateral regulation of hypersonic technology. Improved detection systems are needed for functioning deterrence.