Politics and Society

Essay Competition: Protest Movements – A Vehicle For Change?

January 30, 2020 Politics and Society

From Hong Kong to Santiago, and Baghdad to Paris. Unique in their causes, united in their ambitions: Change. In 2019, people all around the globe took to the streets to make their voices heard through public protest. As part of its January 2020 essay competition, The Policy Corner invites you to submit your analysis, ideas, […]

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Data as a Resource? A Simplistic Metaphor and its Policy Implications

December 16, 2019 Politics and Society

The notion that personal data is “the new oil” is as ubiquitous as it is powerful, but it has misguided policies on many levels. This notion justifies institutions that drive unequal transactions between individuals and platform enterprises, as well as protectionist international policies. A fairer digital economy requires a move beyond the simplistic view of data as a resource.

Christopher Olk

Securing a Connection: Governments’ Future in the World of Tech

July 20, 2019 Politics and Society

Tech companies are transforming global power dynamics but their antagonistic relationships with governments threaten a future where societies can fully benefit from the fast-paced creation of technologies. Cooperation is needed to achieve true progress by successfully adapting to the transformative consequences of tech phenomena such as digitalization and the rise of big data.

Valeria Filippova

Can We Nudge the Diabetes Crisis Away? A UK Perspective

April 16, 2019 Politics and Society

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.

Martha Selwyn

Diaspora Politics and the Growing Influence of Sharp Powers

July 9, 2018 Politics and Society

In recent years, authoritarian and semi-authoritarian states have used technological advancements to extend influence or control over “their” diaspora for political purposes. Recent examples of this are troubling: as the long arms of authoritarian states increasingly undermine social cohesion and democratic values, the need for adequate policy responses in democratic states has become urgent.

Laura Meijer

Back to the Future? Populism and Spatial Inequality

January 28, 2018 Politics and Society

The rise of populism and the growing political polarization in advanced economies has exposed the phenomenon of spatial inequality. Globalization and digitalization amplify spatial inequalities by further concentrating “gains” and “losses.” For policymakers, confronting this complex problem without promising a “return to the past” is the challenge of our time.

George Kibala Bauer