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

December 16, 2019

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

Intangible Value: The Economics of Wellbeing

October 24, 2019

Economic theory is due for a shakeup. After the forty-year dominance of the neoliberal paradigm, it is time for academics and policymakers to once again ask the question: what does success really look like? The economics of wellbeing might provide an answer.

Hamish Dick

The Fecklessness of Strategic Patience: How to Save the Iran Deal

October 18, 2019

The escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran has made the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal seem to be a foregone conclusion. Even at this late stage, however, the accord can still be saved if the EU is willing to abandon its policy of passivity.

Michael Trinkwalder

CALL FOR PAPERS: EU ON THE MOVE

October 14, 2019

We want to hear your analysis, ideas, and recommendations on the topic “EU on the Move.” In submitting your paper, you will be competing with your peers for the chance to have your article published on the Policy Corner website at policycorner.org. All articles are subject to double-blind peer review, providing contributors constructive feedback on their argument and writing.

The Policy Corner

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

Avoiding Babel: Improving Climate Change Communication

May 28, 2019 Energy and Environment

One of the major obstacles to climate change policy is denialism. The discrepancy between our linear way of thinking and the systemic nature of climate change is a key obstacle to action against climate change. A change in communication strategies is essential for success.

Tea Cimini

The Moment of Hope in Syria’s Revolution

May 26, 2019

The Policy Corner Podcast Series is back – this time a little different. We’re bringing you the story of Mulham Hendawy, a journalist from Aleppo, Syria. He is taking us onto the streets of Aleppo, and tells us the story of how the Syrian revolution began for him and how it all played out.

Felix Hoffmann

The Art of Peace: Saving Arms Control

May 13, 2019 Peace and Security

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.

Hannah Elten

Privatized Development Aid: A Path to Nowhere

May 9, 2019 Development and Global Health

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.

Tom Josten

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