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.
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.
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.
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.
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The EU Emissions Trading System: A Sleeping Giant
September 17, 2018European Policy
The EU Emissions Trading System is failing at incentivizing low-carbon innovation needed to reach decarbonization by mid-century. Current research suggests that regulatory uncertainty of the EU ETS keeps its market participants from considering the long-term goals behind the emissions trading system. Different reform options are at hand to enhance long-term regulatory credibility and revive the world’s largest climate policy instrument.
In Limbo: Protecting Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
September 12, 2018Human Rights and International Law
In the wake of the first few hundred Syrian refugees voluntarily returning from Lebanon to war-torn Syria, it is imperative that Lebanon reassesses its obligations as a host country. Whilst it is unlikely that Lebanon will become party to the refugee convention, an updated Memorandum of Understanding with the UNHCR could be the solution.
Getting It Right With Oil
August 2, 2018Development and Global Health
Ghana is losing revenue from its oil resources due to ineffective taxation, bad contracts and institutional weakness. It requires contract renegotiation and implementation of a wind-fall profit tax in order to maximize revenue from the country’s oil.
Isaac Newton Bortey
To Succeed, Cap-and-trade Must Be Revamped
July 14, 2018Energy and Environment
At first glance, climate change seems an intractable problem. Cap-and-trade could provide the solution. But first, it needs reforms and better communication.
Diaspora Politics and the Growing Influence of Sharp Powers
July 9, 2018Politics 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.
Keeping up with China’s Clean Energy Revolution
May 13, 2018
Great to have you back for episode 9 of our policycorner.org podcast series! Our guest today is Jill van de Walle and she discusses China’s newfound ambitions in the renewable energy sector. She also explains what this means for the European Union and the global fight against climate change. With China projecting dominance in many […]