National problems torpedo Erdogan’s bid to emerge as mediator in Ukraine war
Even before the devastating earthquake, Erdogan was staging himself as a mediator in the Russian-Ukrainian war. But can he really be considered a successful global player?
February 24, 2023 | by Karola Klatt
Political Influence on Judges’ Benches
Outrage is rife in Israel following the new ultra-right government’s planned judicial reforms that would shrink Supreme Court’s ability to revoke laws passed in parliament. But democracies such as the Netherlands, Iceland and Japan also fall short when it comes to judicial independence.
January 31, 2023 | by Christof Schiller and Leon Klein
Corruption slows efforts to implement sustainable policymaking
in the OECD and EU
Corruption, ineffectual governance and unsustainable policy outcomes often go hand in hand.
January 06, 2023 | by Karola Klatt
Lessons from Germany’s Political Power Struggles
Recent debates on nuclear power plant lifetimes and an investment by a Chinese state-owned corporation revealed serious deficiencies in the German government’s interministerial cooperation.
World Science Forum
December 05, 2022 | by Craig Willy
Closing the Gap Between Science and Politics: A European View
We live in an age of political turbulence amid uncertainty about pending disasters. Whether dealing with fragile public finances, pandemic risk, or ecological collapse, humanity seems to stumble from one crisis to the next. The World Science Forum in December seeks to posit an alternative to such short-term thinking.
U.S. Midterm Elections
November 07, 2022 | by Martin Thunert
The Battle for Control of Congress and Beyond
The U.S. midterms in November are shaping up to be more than just a referendum on President Joe Biden, with issues such as inflation, abortion and crime jostling for voters’ attention. While hard to predict, the midterm elections will set the stage for the 2024 presidential vote.
Viktor Orbán’s Hungary
September 01, 2022 | by Craig Willy
What will be Europe’s next move?
For years now, the Hungarian government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been locked in a struggle with the European institutions in Brussels. Europe’s patience is tested but in the context of the divisive War in Ukraine, will it dare to curtail Hungary’s access to EU funds?
August 24, 2022 | by Karola Klatt
Russia’s War Requires a Reassessment of Nuclear Power
A big paradox looms over Europe: There is unprecedented international anxiety about the safety of Ukraine’s nuclear reactors amid the war. But at the same time, many European countries are turning to nuclear power to secure national energy supplies.
Approval Rates in Times of War
July 10, 2022 | by Karola Klatt
Rallying around the Flag in Times of Crisis
Why not all leaders get a popularity boost in threatening times - and certainly not Joe Biden.
July 04, 2022 | by Christof Schiller
How Liberal Democracies Can Become Champions of Resilience
Around the globe, what lessons can be learnt from the corona era to help countries weather current and future shocks? It turns out that five governance capabilities are central to making democracies more resilient.
EU Council Presidency, Czech Republic
June 30, 2022 | by Vít Dostál
Fallout from the War in Ukraine to loom over Czech EU Presidency
The government of the Czech Republic is gearing up for its Presidency of the Council of the EU, starting on July 1. While it is already dealing with a range of domestic challenges and implicated in recent corruption allegations, the continued war in Ukraine looks set to shape its second stint at the helm of the bloc.
June 10, 2022 | by Antonia Pieper
President Macron’s Struggle to Unite the French Population
Emmanuel Macron has won a second stint as French president but the legislative elections on 12 and 19 June 2022 will be his next big test. Only with a majority in the lower house of parliament will he be able to push ahead with his reform agenda. Will President Macron be able to appeal to a broader section of voters?
April 20, 2022 | by Thomas Kalinowski
The Significance of South Korea’s New President Yoon Seok-yeol
Yoon Seok-yeol, the conservative candidate, won the extremely tight presidential race in an agenda-less election. While domestically his ability to impose radical changes are limited, he is aiming to foster closer ties with the US and Japan.
Social Gap and Climate Change within the G7
February 10, 2022 | by Karola Klatt
Protecting the Vulnerable is Vital to Hit Net Zero
Industrialized countries’ growing social chasm is jeopardizing the fight against climate change. How does Germany want the G7 to respond? A commentary on Social Justice Day.
Basic Income, Corona crisis, covid
December 15, 2021 | by Heikki Hiilamo
Can Basic Income Schemes Take the Pinch out of the Corona Crisis?
As the corona pandemic hit households worldwide, Japan, the United States, South Korea, Italy and Spain turned to the basic income scheme, offering no-strings-attached payments to citizens in need.
Coronavirus Pandemic Management
December 06, 2021 | by Friedrich Heinemann
Germany’s Pandemic Fatigue Prevails Despite Glowing Track Record
Objectively speaking, German politicians have earned a good report card for their management of the corona pandemic so far. Why then is there so much anger about the national coronavirus response?
Nature Conservation in the Industrialized Nations
October 11, 2021 | by Karola Klatt
Pioneers, Laggards and a Total Denier
Biodiversity has never been more at risk than it is today. To halt this trend, the global community urgently needs to agree on new goals. Will the 15th Biodiversity Conference finally be able to happen despite Corona?
Bulgarian Parliamentary Elections
July 08, 2021 | by Karola Klatt
No Majority against Corrupt Elites in Sight
In the second election attempt this year, there is still no sign that anti-establishment parties will manage to replace the corrupt Bulgarian political elite. Will the EU finally do something to support Bulgarians?
White, Rich, Safe
April 01, 2021 | by Karola Klatt
COVID-19 Exposes Rampant Health System Inequality
The distribution of the coronavirus vaccine around the world is glaringly unjust. But the fight against the pandemic shows that many wealthy countries also have an equity problem within their own borders.
Ten Years after the Fukushima Disaster
March 09, 2021 | by Karola Klatt
Nuclear Energy in the Times of Climate Change
Ten years after the devastating tsunami and triple core meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011, Japan is still struggling with the fallout.
The Crisis after the Crisis
March 02, 2021 | by Christof Schiller, Thorsten Hellmann, Karola Klatt
How to Shape a Sustainable Post-Corona Policy?
EU and OECD countries differ in their ability to counter the corona crisis and its fallout. However, any issues that were overlooked before the pandemic will be difficult to catch up on once it is all behind us.
October 21, 2020 | by Karola Klatt
The Threat of a Chaotic Legal Fallout
President Donald Trump’s chances of reelection do not look good, even after his miraculous bout of corona. But even if Joe Biden’s wins the election, it could plunge the nation into a serious democratic and constitutional crisis.
Migration to Europe
October 02, 2020 | by Jess Smee
Europe’s Latest Immigration Plan Unlikely to Heal Rifts
After years of division on how to deal with migrants, the EU has finally unveiled a new plan. But it is unlikely to gain widespread traction, not least as attitudes towards refugees have hardened amid the corona crisis.
September 11, 2020 | by Karola Klatt
Estonia in IT Consultant Mode
After the summer holidays, schools across Europe are fretting about if they will have to switch back to digital distance learning. Only in Estonia high levels of digitalization are easing the impact of pandemic restrictions.
German EU Presidency
June 30, 2020 | by Jess Smee
Coronavirus Challenges Climate as Focus of German EU Presidency
Action on climate change was long slated as a priority for Germany’s EU presidency. As European nations struggle to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, is Germany really going to maintain momentum on climate?
April 30, 2020 | by Karola Klatt
The Dark Side of the Digital Corona Monitoring
South Korea has been keeping the curve of corona infections flat without imposing drastic exit restrictions. But the digital dimension of the country’s anti-corona strategy cannot be a blueprint for Europe.
March 27, 2020 | by Karola Klatt
How Populists are Wasting Valuable Time in the Corona Crisis
Denial, playing down the facts, playing the blame game - the familiar pattern of populist politics keeps rolling despite the corona crisis. But the virus won’t be halted by such antics.
March 13, 2020 | by Jess Smee
Europe Braces for Coronavirus Spread
As the COVID-19 gets a foothold in Europe, health services are being put through their paces. Are they up to the job dealing with the unpredictable enemy?
March 03, “Super Tuesday” in the USA
March 02, 2020 | by Christian Lammert
A Stress Test for US Democracy
On “Super Tuesday”, the Democratic pre-election campaign is entering its decisive phase. This year, it takes place against a backdrop of extreme party-political polarization in the USA.
February 21, 2020 | by Pia Schmidt, Thorsten Hellmann
Industrialized Countries Gamble with Younger Generations’ Future
Through the Fridays for Future protests, young people around the world vent their frustration with political short-sightedness – yet little is being done to tackle intergenerational justice.
World Justice Day and Labor Market Policy
February 14, 2020 | by Karola Klatt
The creation of better jobs is one of the U.N.’s demands to mark World Justice Day on February 20. But non-standard forms of employment and the growing precarity are threatening the future of social welfare.
International Women’s Day
February 07, 2020 | by Jess Smee
Odds Still Stacked against Working Women in Europe
International Women’s Day on March 8 is around the corner again, but women still lag men in the workplace. Is Europe moving in the right direction?
January 27, 2020 | by Karola Klatt
Time for Transparency
By the end of January, EU countries must make registers of beneficial ownership information publicly accessible – a litmus test for open democracy.
January 17, 2020 | by Jess Smee
Wind Power Slump Blows Germany off course on Climate Targets
As the construction of new wind energy turbines stagnates, can Germany still strike its ambitious climate targets?
Social Justice in the OECD
December 26, 2019 | by Justine Doody
The Ranks of the Working Poor
The simple equation of the past that reducing unemployment is poverty alleviation is no longer true. What’s wrong with labor market policies?
December 06, 2019 | by Jess Smee
The Rising Clout of Digital Media and the UK Election
Campaigning for the decisive UK election on December 12 is going full tilt. What is the impact of the media and, in particular, of digital channels?
Ahead of U.N. Climate Action Summit
September 20, 2019 | by Jess Smee
“A Race We Must Win”
Public pressure is ratcheting higher on the climate crisis. Can the upcoming United Nations Summit in New York galvanize change despite international clashes?
September 06, 2019 | by Jess Smee
Migration Continues to Split Europe
Illegal immigration poses an ongoing political challenge for the European bloc. Will November’s change of leadership in the European Commission help improve its track record on the humanitarian emergency?
Populism in Italy
August 28, 2019 | by Craig Willy
Crime Wanes but Populists Play on Public Angst
While fear about crime and immigration runs high in Italy, crime rates and the number of new arrivals are actually falling. What are the chances of shifting public opinion back towards the facts?
July 25, 2019 | by Craig Willy
Avoiding a Repeat Performance of the Financial Crisis
As economists predict that another global recession is in the wings, have international leaders done their homework in the wake of the last global financial crisis?
July 12, 2019 | by Jess Smee
French Meeting Takes Aim at Rising Inequality
On the next G7-meeting, French President Emmanuel Macron is shining a spotlight on economic polarization. But will the world’s leading politicians be able to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time?
June 28, 2019 | by Karola Klatt
Young, Educated and Jobless
A decade after the financial and economic crisis, youth unemployment remains a problem. How can young people make a smoother transition from school to work?
G20 Summit in Japan
June 25, 2019 | by Craig J. Willy
Can Japan Maintain its Economic Fortunes?
Japan is set up for a stint in the international spotlight, hosting the G20 summit at the end of June and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But will it be able to overcome the current challenges?
June 07, 2019 | by Karola Klatt
High Time for Zero Emissions
President Macron wants the EU to be climate neutral by 2050. Chancellor Merkel agrees - in theory. Can an EU guideline on net-zero carbon emissions finally spark action to reduce greenhouse gases?
May 31, 2019 | by Karola Klatt
On Collision Course in the Indo-Pacific
President Donald Trump is making political waves by deploying warships. But is the United States gambling with its credibility as an international force for order?
New SGI Film
May 14, 2019 | by SGI PROJECT TEAM
Sobering results before the European elections
The quality of democracy and governance has deteriorated in many European countries. This is clearly shown by the SGI results. What does that mean for the European elections?
May 13, 2019 | by Lavinia Stan
A Bid to Combat Corruption
This month’s referendum will test Romanian tolerance of corruption. But will it be enough to stall the epidemic of political graft and impunity?
European Elections in France
April 18, 2019 | by Henrik Uterwedde
In the Shadow of National Politics
President Macron’s call for a “renewal of Europe” made a splash in the media but got a muted reaction from other national leaders. Is it in fact a tactical move, aimed to resonate within France as well as beyond its borders?
Europe before the Parliamentary Elections
March 31, 2019 | by Anton Pelinka
Heading Back to the Past?
Ahead of the European Parliament election in May, the bloc is ideologically split between authoritarians seeking to reduce its sway, and those seeking a moderate track.
Democracy in Hungary
February 22, 2019 | by Justine Doody
First Signs of Waning Support for Viktor Orbán
Viktor Orbán’s nativist rhetoric and attacks on the constitution and the independent media have triggered international censure, but he has retained his strong standing in Hungary – until now. Has a turning point been reached?
February 15, 2019 | by Christof Schiller
Good Day-to-day Governance Under Pressure
Issues like globalization, social inequality and climate protection top the global to-do list. But can OECD and EU countries rise to these challenges amid political polarization and declining democratic standards?
Central and Eastern Europe Before European Parliament Elections
January 21, 2019 | by Vít Dostál
Poor Polity, Good Policy?
Contrary to expectations, new populist leaders from countries in Central Eastern Europe perform betterthan their governance quality would suggest. What does that mean for the forthcoming European Parliament elections?
Italy’s Populist Government
December 20, 2018 | by Craig J. Willy
Brussels Caught in Italian Catch-22
Italy’s government, especially the populist Five-Star Movement (M5S), is on a collision course with the European Union. Where is the communication breakdown headed?
US Midterm Elections
November 19, 2018 | by Paul J. Quirk
What Can the Democratic House Accomplish By Oversight?
The new Democratic Party majority in the U.S. House promise to hold the President “accountable” for his conduct. Indeed, pundits observed that the midterm result will change Trump’s life – very much for the worse.
G20 Summit in Argentina
November 05, 2018 | by Claudia Schmucker
A Chance to Calm the Trade War
Ten years after the G20 held its first ever summit, the informal group is meeting for the first time in South America. But can the closely watched gathering calm tensions amid the escalating trade war?
October 29, 2018 | by Craig J. Willy
Erdogan’s Extended Clampdown
Turkey opens what it dubs the world’s largest airport, a massive infrastructure project in keeping with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s outsized influence on national politics. But will he be able to retain his tight grip?
Bavarian State Election
October 12, 2018 | by Jess Smee
Conservatives Gird Themselves for a Bruising
The Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) looks about to wave goodbye to its absolute majority. But what would that mean for Bavaria and beyond?
State Election in Bavaria
October 05, 2018 | by Friedrich Heinemann
Political Parties Race to Spend More
Everyone’s keen to spend, as long as they don’t foot the bill. A lack of tax autonomy in Germany’s federal system means that better-off states are vying to spend more.
Swedish General Elections
September 07, 2018 | by Jon Pierre
Forging New Alliances under Duress
Ahead of Sweden’s general elections support for the populist, far-right Swedish Democrats is surging, and traditional patters of party collaboration are in flux. Is Sweden in danger of becoming ungovernable?
August 13, 2018 | by ASTERIS HULIARAS and PANAGIOTIS LIARGOVAS
Moving into a New Era?
Nine years of European bailouts have left Greece reeling from painful reforms and investor anxiety. But, with bailouts due to end soon, can Greece make a clean break from the turbulent chapter?
Europe’s Tech Race
July 16, 2018 | by CRAIG J. WILLY
Trying to Keep Pace with the U.S. and China
Being a leading tech innovator is vital to secure global influence in the future. But can Europe catch up with the U.S. and China?
July 10, 2018 | by Sebastian Feyock
Tensions Among Allies
In the run-up to the NATO summit in Brussels, the mood within the alliance is frosty. There is hardly any aspect of transatlantic cooperation where the U.S. and its NATO partners still see eye to eye.
Two Years After Brexit
June 13, 2018 | by Andreas Busch
All up in the Air
Time-consuming negotiations with the European Union plus deep divisions within the two leading parties are hampering Britain’s day-to-day politics.
Ahead of G7 Summit
June 04, 2018 | by John Kirton and Brittaney Warren
Will Trudeau sidestep the many potential pitfalls?
At the upcoming G7 meeting in Canada all eyes will be on Justin Trudeau as he attempts to sidestep potential political pitfalls.
The Dutch Pension System Under Discussion
May 07, 2018 | by Bernard M. S. van Praag
An Almost Healthy Patient
All over the world, the Dutch retirement system is considered one of the best but at home it has come under fire. Are the concerns justified?
Hungary before its Parliamentary Elections
April 03, 2018 | by Anton Pelinka
Is Viktor Orbán a sure winner even though he is weaker?
Under Viktor Orbán, Hungary has long been an enemy of democratic values and acted as an impediment to the deepening of the European Union. Will the parliamentary elections on April 8 change that?
Left with a Weak Hand?
March 27, 2018 | by Piotr Buras
Poland’s disoriented EU policy
Poland’s declining democratic credentials have sparked a growing distance with the rest of the European Union. And there is scant sign that bridges will be built any time soon.
Italy after the Polls
March 12, 2018 | by Maurizio Cotta
First European Country In The Hand Of Populists?
The general assumption was that the political and parliamentary landscape of Italy would become more complex after the 2018 elections. However, quite unexpected was the major political earthquake the vote has triggered.
Italy at the Polls
February 27, 2018 | by Maurizio Cotta
Heading towards a Badly Hung Parliament?
The Italian parliamentary elections on March 4 are expected to yield no easy results, as no party is likely to be able to form a government alone. Which government will take charge and what policies will it adopt?
Czech Politics Between Two Elections
January 17, 2018 | by Vít Dóstal
Stalemate and Chaos?
The clear winner of the Czech general elections, populist Andrej Babiš, is a lonesome man. Now the Chamber of Deputies voted no-confidence for his cabinet. But the wall of resistance is brittle.
Czech Republic and Slovakia
January 08, 2018 | by Marianne Kneuer
25 Years After the Velvet Divorce
Czechoslovakia split into two independent states a quarter of a century ago. It never would have happened if the people had decided. What kind of relationship do the Czech Republic and Slovakia have today?
The Future of Democracy in Europe
January 03, 2018 | by Nina Siemer
The Measurable Impact of Populism
Right-wing populists all over Europe are capitalizing on a widespread sense of dissatisfaction. What does their success mean for the future of democracy, human rights and social justice?
In the Run-Up to the World Economic Forum
December 18, 2017 | by Christof Schiller
In Times of Political Polarization, Progressive Policymaking Suffers
Social inequality, climate change, demographic shifts, global migration and digital transformation are the biggest challenges facing the governments of EU and OECD states. How forward-looking are their responses?
Bulgaria’s EU Presidency
November 28, 2017 | by Frank Beauchamp
Some of the Bulgarian politicians who will preside over European meetings in Brussels in the first half of 2018 are nationalists. Is the EU to be blamed for letting them play a role on the European stage?
In the Run-Up to the Parliamentary Elections
October 10, 2017 | by Anton Pelinka
Austria’s Emerging Quick-Change Artist
Has the decline of Austria’s catch-all parties come to an end? The People’s Party at least seems to have successfully reinvented itself. Or is someone else hiding in their new clothes?
Free Trade between Japan and the EU
October 02, 2017 | by Martin Schulz
Much More at Stake Than Cheaper Products
Japan and the European Union agreed upon the broad lines of a free trade deal. More than slashing tariffs on wine and cars, it now needs to build a framework for future investor relations in Asia.
September 22, 2017 | by Max Rashbrooke
Understanding New Zealanders’ Uncertainty Towards Taxing Wealth
“Kiwis” are fret about inequality, poverty and high prices of housing. However, a capital gains tax is far from being the key to win the general elections on September 23. Are New Zealanders irrational?
Setting the Right Course for the Future of Norway
September 09, 2017 | by Mi Ah Schøyen and Are Vegard Haug
The Worries of Wealth
On September 11, 2017, the Norwegian population will be heading to the polls to elect a new government. Apart from the choice between centre-right or centre-left, the country has to make important strategic decisions.
President Macron‘s First 100+ Days
September 01, 2017 | by Henrik Uterwedde
Convincing, but Problems Ahead
Emmanuel Macron has gotten off to a convincing start. He is cleverly and decisively enlisting support from politicians and society for his reforms. But he is bound to meet troubles at the end of summer.
July 25, 2017 | by Fabian Klein
Voting in Times of Frustration
Never before have the primary elections in Chile been politically so insignificant. The people’s lack of trust in politics shakes up the old political structures. In the presidential race, having no alliance could be key to win.
France on the Move
July 18, 2017 | by Henrik Uterwedde
The First Fifty Days of Emmanuel Macron’s Presidency
Is France entering a phase of fundamental change? Emmanuel Macron has gotten off to a convincing start. He is cleverly and decisively enlisting support from politicians and society for his reforms.
G20 summit in Germany
July 11, 2017 | by Friedrich Heinemann
Germany’s tax policy needs a fresh start
Berlin’s twin surplus threatens its global credibility. Germany should undertake a major tax reform that satisfies both the country’s critics and its defenders.
UK Snap Election
June 06, 2017 | by Iain Begg
Brexit: From Hard to “Hostile”?
The election in the UK will to a large extent centre on what sort of exit from the EU the country might be able to achieve. How could an enhanced mandate for Prime Minister Theresa May affect the negotiations of Brexit?
May 20, 2017 | by Antonia Sohns
Mining and Lack of Governance Threaten Arctic Freshwater Supplies
Mining and water policies currently do not sufficiently protect circumpolar communities and their environment. The Arctic needs a robust and sustainable water governance framework.
April 18, 2017 | by Frank Beauchamp
Economic Stagnation, Political Revolution?
The rise of Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron in the run-up to the French presidential elections reflects a wider dissatisfaction with the political system. Is France on the verge of a political breakthrough?
March 27, 2017 | by DANIEL KAPELLMANN
New Trade Opportunities for Mexico beyond the United States
Mexico faces tough negotiations with the US over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). What seems to be a threat for the economy might also be a chance to reduce its dependence on its Northern neighbor.
March 13, 2017 | by Robert Hoppe and Margarita Jeliazkova
More than Populism’s Next Test
Contrary to predictions, the Dutch may, in fact, be a bellwether inspiring citizens in Europe to engage again in serious national debates on core issues of fundamental politics.
March 04, 2017 | by Frank Beauchamp
No Plan to Restore Europe to “Greatness”
Challenging the liberal-internationalist leadership of the European Union, the Visegrád bloc promotes a conservative Europe. Yet not least demographics show the weaknesses of the Central Europeans’ alternative vision for Europe.
Social Justice in Europe
February 12, 2017 | by Andrew Tanabe
Are Segmented Labor Markets Feeding Populism?
In both Europe and the United States labor markets are becoming increasingly fragmented. The unequal concentration of social justice on temporary workers could be a contributing factor to the rise of populist political ideologies.
Social Justice Index 2016
December 01, 2016 | by SGI News
“The Upswing isn’t Reaching Everyone”
We spoke with the authors of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s 2016 Social Justice Index about growing opportunities for social participation in Europe and why many people are in danger of poverty despite successes on the labor market.
Social Justice Index 2016
November 21, 2016 | by D. Schraad-Tischler & C. Schiller
Europe’s “Working Poor” and Populism are on the Rise
For the first time since the economic crisis in 2008, EU citizens’ opportunities for social participation have improved slightly. However, the risk of poverty play into the hands of rising populist movements.
November 07, 2016 | by Roy Karadag
No True Democracy without Peace
Why the decline of Turkish democracy predates the coup attempt of July and why the country nonetheless has the potential to adopt a sustainable political model.
November 04, 2016 | by DANIEL KAPELLMANN & JAMIE STARK
Populism is Straining Regional Relations in North America
With Donald Trump’s agenda on border security, migration and commerce, further right wing polarization may disrupt the bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States – and weaken the U.S. itself.
October 24, 2016 | by D. Schraad-Tischler & C. Schiller
Australia: The Biggest Loser in Future Viability
In the past two years, Australia’s viability for the future has dramatically decreased and its need for reform with regards to economic, social and ecological sustainability has increased enormously.
October 12, 2016 | by Frank Beauchamp
After Brexit: Three Lessons for a Stronger European Union
Following Great Britain’s decision to exit the European Union, the EU-27 needs to find ways to recover its popularity and prosperity. Could closer cooperation in defense and a Eurozone Parliament foster the Union’s resilience?
September 22, 2016 | by D. Schraad-Tischler & C. Schiller
Is Political Polarization Holding Back the U.S.?
How viable is United States for the future? How large is the country’s need for reform with regards to its economic, social and ecological sustainability? Let’s say: there is work to be done!
September 15, 2016 | by Antonia Sohns
What the EU’s New Arctic Policy Omits
Nations both close and distant to the Arctic Circle are increasingly becoming engaged in the Arctic. The EU is planning to put the region on the map of international attention but it speaks volumes by what it leaves out.
EU Global Strategy
August 23, 2016 | by Justine Doody
“Principled Pragmatisms” to Guide the EU-27’s External Relations
The European Union’s new Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy provides a much-needed vision for the EU’s external relations. But the loss of the United Kingdom following Brexit may threaten the Strategy’s success.
Comparison of OECD and EU countries
August 18, 2016 | by SGI team
Challenges for OECD and EU countries have dramatically increased, while problem-solving abilities are in decline
International comparison of future viability: Nordic countries still best equipped for the future, but top position wavering.
August 04, 2016 | by Daniel Kapellmann & Jamie Stark
Misguided Tax Targeting Fosters Inequality in Mexico
Mexico has one of the worst tax systems of all industrialized countries. The Panama Papers indicate that the government should be more watchful of multimillionaires and their companies.
Energy & Environment
July 21, 2016 | by Andrew Tanabe
Can Justin Trudeau Strike Canada’s Balancing Act?
Pledging a new commitment to climate action, the liberal government of Justin Trudeau will have to reconcile these initiatives with the economic boom generated by oil extraction. Canada faces tough decisions.
July 11, 2016 | by Craig Willy
A Culture Clash Within Britain
Social inequality and divisions between classes, generations and regions were key in fostering anti-European sentiments among many Britons in the recent EU referendum. British social policies are in dire need of reform.
June 03, 2016 | by Andrew Tanabe
How Ideological Trenches in US Politics Can Be Overcome
Ideological polarization is a key challenge for United States politics and society. Andrew Tanabe discusses paths forward to break political deadlocks and repair partisan divides.
May 26, 2016 | by Craig Willy
Crack Down on Tax Dodgers
The Panama papers show that many countries around the world have failed to tackle tax avoidance and evasion. It’s not just a question of increasing transparency but enforcing international standards.
Transition to Low-Carbon Economy
May 19, 2016 | by Mi Ah Schoyen
Can Europe Avoid Tough Choices?
Faced with climate change, the dilemmas between social justice and a sustainable use of natural resources pose great challenges for European societies. So, what next for European welfare capitalism if we want a low-carbon future?
May 06, 2016 | by Anne Skevik Grødem
The Nordic Welfare Model: Buffer or Weakness?
Demanding labor markets, high social benefits – many people believe the universal Nordic welfare states may be less able to face the challenges of migration than other countries. Does evidence support this view?
April 29, 2016 | by Thomas Kalinowski
Koreans Vote for Change
In an election upset in Korea, President Park’s conservative Saenuri Party has lost its parliamentary majority. But while voters may have shifted to the left, the political spectrum moved to the right.
Sustainable Development Goals
April 17, 2016 | by Justine Doody
Are More Sustainable Societies Happier?
Most economically powerful countries have a head start in terms of capacity to meet the United Nations’ SDGs. Yet, having the means doesn’t necessarily mean having the will. How does this impact on citizens’ life satisfaction?
March 23, 2016 | by Corina Murafa
State-Owned Enterprises – A Challenge for Anticorruption Fight in Eastern Europe
Characterized by inappropriate state controls, state-owned enterprises mark a key challenge in the fight against corruption in Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary.
EU Social Justice Index 2015
March 16, 2016 | by Natália Mazotte
Long-Term Wellbeing of European Societies is at Stake
Children and young people are among the biggest losers in the European economic and debt crisis. What do the staggering numbers in youth unemployment and child poverty in Europe mean for the future of this generation – and the continent as a whole?
February 27, 2016 | by Craig Willy
Quixotic Quests for European Integration
Oscillating between trying to conform to EU norms and nativist backlash, countries in southeast Europe are often caught in a love-hate relationship with Europe. While there are bright spots, bad government and corruption remain great obstacles in Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania.
February 12, 2016 | by Andrew Tanabe
A New Global Consensus?
Financial instability, social inequality and environmental degradation – policy-makers in all countries face these global challenges. Which countries are doing best to address them?
Paris Climate Agreement
January 25, 2016 | by Antonia Sohns
What About Water?
Despite its achievements, the Paris Agreement is flawed. Without full consideration of water resources, climate policies and energy progress will fail to protect communities and foster sustainable development.
EU Social Justice Index 2015
January 12, 2016 | by Kim Wellmann
Is the Refugee Crisis an Opportunity for Europe?
In the face of demographic change, it’s essential to strengthen social cohesion in Europe. A swift integration of migrants into societies and labour markets could transform the refugee crisis into an opportunity for Europe.
January 04, 2016 | by Daniel Kapellmann & Jamie Stark
Americas are Ill Prepared for UN Sustainable Development Goals
Chile, Mexico, and the United States share many woes that hinder sustainable development. What could they learn from one another and which best-practice strategies could they adopt from other OECD countries?
EU Social Justice Index 2015
December 16, 2015 | by Daniel Schraad-Tischler & Justine Doody
Social Justice in Europe: A Casualty of the Crisis
Many of Europe’s most vulnerable citizens bear the brunt of the economic and financial crisis. Sound social policy, not solely the pursuit of growth, is the best tool to ensure social justice on the continent.
Sustainable Development Goals
November 27, 2015 | by Craig Willy
OECD Countries: No Models for Sustainable Development
Beginning in 2016, OECD nations will have to implement the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. While most of them are at risk of failure, the Nordic countries are leading the pack on sustainable development.
November 10, 2015 | by Max Rashbrooke
Trust Vacuum Leaves Australia Struggling to Govern
In international comparison, Australia still shows some of the best policy performances. But this might change as the country’s political leadership lacks a vision for the future - and people lack trust in their politicians.
European Energy Union
October 20, 2015 | by Alison Singer
Don’t Tread on Any Toes
The creation of an EU-wide energy system is a declared goal of the European Commission. While some EU countries are more amenable to it than others, adapting domestic government structures to EU affairs remains a key challenge.
Sustainable Development Goals
October 02, 2015 | by Christian Kroll
Are the Rich Nations About to Fail?
When world leaders met last week for the UN summit, it was about more than grand gestures and speeches. Policy makers were asked if they had done their homework for promoting sustainable development. It turns out, they had not.
Elections in Europe
September 15, 2015 | by Justine Doody
Denmark Turns Right, Spain Goes Left
In the eyes of many, centrist parties have failed to deal with Europe’s economic and social challenges. As elections in Denmark and Spain have shown, voters are increasingly turning towards the edges of the political spectrum.
August 26, 2015 | by Craig Willy
Denmark: Still Worth Getting To
An open, liberal economy combined with redistribution and social welfare: The Danish model has largely weathered the storm of the financial and euro crises. Yet, not all is rosy in the Kingdom of Denmark.
August 06, 2015 | by Iryna Solonenko
Conditional Solidarity for Kiev
A balance between assistance, pressure and conditionality: Can cooperation between civil society and the donor community translate into better governance in Ukraine?
July 17, 2015 | by Daniel Kapellmann & Jamie Stark
Leading but Lacking in E-Governance
Chile is one of the world’s top nations on e-governance. Yet without better policy knowledge and education, technological tools are not enough to improve the Andean nations democracy.
June 30, 2015 | by Henrik Scheller
Democratic Deficit Drives Social Disintegration
It does not need a Grexit to speak about European disintegration. A growing democratic vacuum also threatens the integration capacity of the European Union and its member states.
June 04, 2015 | by Corina Murafa
Cleaning Up Needs Stamina
Klaus Iohannis’ election as president was a signal that Romania is on a good path towards more political participation. But can the political will to reform outlast election euphoria?
May 18, 2015 | by Craig Willy
Facing Putin: From EU Sanctions to a European Army?
In shaping the European response to Russia during the Ukraine crisis, Paris and Berlin have taken an assertive role. But do France and Germany provide enough leadership to turn the European Union into a true strategic power?
May 01, 2015 | by Natália Mazotte
Striving for Triple-A on Social Issues
Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission has declared to put social issues further up on its agenda. Yet, the European Union and its member states need to focus on more than economic growth to foster social justice in Europe.
April 16, 2015 | by Alison Singer
Good Environmental Policies Equal More Just Societies
Conserving natural resources and the environment is an integral part of a socially just society. The big challenge is to make sure that decision-makers recognize this – and act on it.
March 26, 2015 | by Craig J. Willy
Preventing Terrorism in the Capital of Europe
In Europe, Belgian citizens account for one of the largest per capita shares of foreign Islamic State fighters. Belgium must do more to promote equal opportunities to improve the integration of migrants, argues Craig J. Willy.
March 06, 2015 | by Jan Hofmeyr
UK Ranks Behind Eastern Europe on Social Justice
Rigid austerity policies have driven economic recovery in the United Kingdom but only at the cost of massive increase in social inequality. Poverty prevention and intergenerational justice remain major challenges.
Labour Market Access in the EU
February 23, 2015 | by Justine Doody & Daniel Schraad-Tischler
European Jobs Wanted
The new EU Social Justice Index shows that all European Union countries have room for improving equitable access to their labor markets. Otherwise the union’s promise of peace and prosperity will not be fulfilled.
Safe Living in the OECD
February 03, 2015 | by Daniel Kapellmann & Jamie Stark
Restoring Law and Order in Mexico
The death of 43 students in Guerrero has shown once again that Mexico belongs to the world’s most dangerous places. Yet long term solutions are needed restore citizens’ trust in the the police and policy makers.
January 21, 2015 | by Antonia Sohns
Canadian Provinces Take Lead on Climate Protection
Canada’s federal government should follow the example of provincial regulations and unify the country’s climate policy.
January 09, 2015 | by Craig J. Willy
Can Japan come back from the “Lonely Death”?
Low fertility, low immigration and low female participation in the labor force: Japans needs more action to address demographic challenges, as those are major underlying causes of weakening economic growth in the island-nation.
Education & Social Justice
December 17, 2014 | by Max Rashbrooke
Excellence through Equity
The new EU Social Justice Index finds that fostering social justice is not only compatible with educational excellence but, in fact, often delivers well-performing school systems.
November 28, 2014 | by SGI News
“Social Justice Must Become a European Priority”
Political scientist Maurizio Cotta discusses the challenges of intergenerational inequality in Italy, Matteo Renzi’s labor market reforms, and why Europe needs to put social justice at the top of its policy agenda.
November 04, 2014 | by Alison Singer
OECD Countries Fails to Make Headway on Conservation
Environmental policy in the OECD largely stagnates. While financing and enforcing policies is essential, geographic and demographic factors also play a role for countries’ success in conservation issues.
Slovakia’s New President
October 13, 2014 | by Olga Gyarfasova
Will Andrej Kiska Revive Slovak Democracy?
The election of Andrej Kiska as fourth Slovak president was a blow to Prime Minister Robert Fico. Kiska’s first actions might even signal a change in the country’s political atmosphere.
EU Social Justice Index
September 30, 2014 | by Craig J. Willy
In Search of “Social Europe”
The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s new EU Social Justice Index shows that social injustice in the European Union is on the rise. The study highlights the challenges of a multinational social policy.
New Study on Social Justice in the EU
September 15, 2014 | by Daniel Schraad-Tischler
Social Imbalance in Europe is on the Rise
The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s new Social Justice Index finds that young people are affected most by the social division in Europe. This threatens the future viability of the European project and calls for a European social strategy.
September 11, 2014 | by Natália Mazotte
Media Duopoly Threatens Right to Information
Chile’s media is highly concentrated. With two groups dominating the market, pluralistic public opinion is constrained. Hopes now rest on the new president who has promised to reform the system.
August 21, 2014 | by Justine Doody
Which countries in the European Union are helping to stabilize the global financial system, and how? The latest edition of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Sustainable Governance Indicators gives some answers.
Media in Macedonia & Slovenia
August 06, 2014 | by Sally Broughton Micova
Too Small, Too Personal
Media laws in Macedonia and Slovenia are largely in line with international standards. Yet to guarantee a transparent system and independent reporting this is not enough.
Estonia & the Ukraine Crisis
July 26, 2014 | by Jan Hofmeyr
A Bastion of Stability
In contrast to neighbouring Ukraine, strong governance makes Estonia less vulnerable to internal challenges to stability. Yet, economic sanctions on Russia could have a profound impact on the Baltic state too.
July 09, 2014 | by Craig J. Willy
Progress and Roll-Back of Europeanization
Ten years after the European Union’s Eastern enlargement, the diverging development of Poland and Hungary highlight how fragile attachment to Western orientation and institutions potentially is.
Series: Democracy & Sustainability
June 27, 2014 | by Mi Ah Schøyen & Marianne Takle
Nordic Civil Society: Schools of Democracy or Organised Individualism?
Nordic civil societies focus on interest group representation and recreational activities. Yet especially in Norway, civic engagement is increasingly motivated by individualistic goals. Does this affect the quality of democracy?
June 20, 2014 | by Hakan Demir
Turkey is deeply split between supporters of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the opposition. The constitutional court remains one of the few buffers between them. But is this enough to uphold democracy?
Global Environmental Policy
June 10, 2014 | by Alison Singer
The Tragedy of Conservation
As the SGI 2014 found, multilateral environmental cooperation in the OECD and EU stagnates. It might indeed be easier to create partnerships than enforceable regulations and law.
Wellbeing & Policy Advice
June 02, 2014 | by SGI News
“It’s Important to Go Beyond GDP”
Martine Durand, Chief Statistician of the OECD, talks about the importance of measuring and analysing wellbeing and the impact this could have on policy making.
May 20, 2014 | by SGI News
“It Would Radically Improve Policies”
Gus O’Donnell, Chair of the Legatum Institute Commission on Wellbeing Policy, talks about the implications of applying wellbeing analysis to public policy.
April 29, 2014 | by Justine Doody
The World’s Top Donor
Luxembourg leads the world on global social policy. This has not only aided developing countries but also the diminutive nation’s financial sector and its international influence.
Series: Democracy & Sustainability
April 09, 2014 | by Susanne Brucksch
Japan’s Civil Society and its Fight against Nuclear Energy
Fukushima triggered vibrant civic engagement in Japan. Yet Japanese clientelistic politics undermines any effective democratic control. Not even the nuclear catastrophe has changed that.
April 06, 2014 | by Daniel Schraad-Tischler
Social Divides Threaten Europe’s Future
The latest SGI findings show that the gap between rich and poor is growing in OECD and EU countries. Scandinavia tops the ranking, while participation opportunities in southern Europe are declining.
SGI Asia Study
March 27, 2014 | by Justine Doody
Asia’s growth has been one of the success stories of the 21st century. But it has created pressure on the environment too, particularly water supplies. So, how do China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam protect their water resources?
Post-Communist Countries in Transition
March 04, 2014 | by Justine Doody
An Appetite for Change?
While the Czech Republic shows signs of a new right direction to curb corruption and bolster the rule of law, Russia is taking steps to bring its judiciary under even tighter control. This might also dim its economic future.
February 10, 2014 | by Kathrin Keil
A New Model for International Cooperation
“The more the merrier” or “as big as necessary”? Arctic governance shows how small-size policy-making can complement more inclusive agreements in order to ensure the right level of participation for “right-sized” policy-making.
January 20, 2014 | by SGI News
“Making Governance Innovations Travel”
The SGI team talks about the upcoming release of the SGI 2014, the creation of a Learning Network for Governance Innovations and what the financial and economic crisis reveals about governments’ capacity for reform.
BRICS in CRISIS
January 09, 2014 | by SGI News
“Dilma Government Needs to Control Inflation”
Political scientist Lucio Renno talks about the role of personality in Brazilian politics and the dangers of debt and inflation, and he gives his outlook for the upcoming presidential election year.
December 17, 2013 | by Antonia Sohns
Developing With The Future In Mind
All OECD countries are creating an ecological footprint that exceeds the earth’s capacity. To ensure intergenerational justice, nations must consider the impact of today’s exploitation of natural resources on future generations.
December 02, 2013 | by SGI News
“Social Welfare is One of the Biggest Challenges”
Political scientist Thomas Kalinowski talks about South Korea’s first female president, quality of democracy and social justice as well as the role of the national intelligence service.
Intergenerational Justice in the Nordic Countries
November 21, 2013 | by Mi Ah Schøyen & Bjørn Hvinden
The Super Model?
When it comes to balancing the needs of current and future generations, the Nordic welfare states have done fairly well. Yet, environmental considerations remain neglected – in the Nordic countries and elsewhere in the OECD.
East Asian Development Models
November 11, 2013 | by Craig J. Willy
Towards Atlantic Laissez-Faire or Asian Nation-Statism?
The world is increasingly a non-Western one. Europe will have to change, either forcing others to respect Western legal and commercial principles or adapting itself to the East Asian development model.
Europe’s Aging Societies
October 31, 2013 | by Daniel Schraad-Tischler
Escaping The Intergenerational (In-)justice Trap
What should policy makers do to promote fairness between the young and the old? Invest in intergenerational measures and introduce proxy voting for children, for example, says SGI’s senior project manager.
Chinese Environmental Policy
October 18, 2013 | by Alison Singer
The Dam Problem
As the global leader in hydropower, China must adopt environmental policies that account for methane and carbon emissions as well as ecosystem disruptions and erosion potential.
Intergenerational Justice in the OECD
October 08, 2013 | by Jan Hofmeyr
Demography Is No Destiny
A country’s age distribution isn’t the best predictor of justice between the young and the old. What matters is good policy. A new SGI study analyses how 29 OECD countries deal with the fairness between generations.
Series: Democracy & Sustainability
September 25, 2013 | by Halina Ward
The Tools For Democracy
In order to overcome the short-termism that plagues the practice of democracy, the idea of civic education needs to be revitalised, argues Halina Ward in the third part of our series. Do we need a new type of citizen?
SGI Asia Study
September 13, 2013 | by SGI News
“Development in Asia Demands Huge Sacrifices”
What role does democracy play in sustainable development and governance in Asia? A new SGI study provides some answers. An interview with one of the authors of the study, political scientist Christian Goebel.
South Korea’s New President
September 02, 2013 | by Young-Sim Song
All Quiet in the Blue House
The election of Park Geun-hye as South Korea’s first female president signaled a historic change of governance. Yet, after her first six months in office Ms. Park still needs to translate her words into deeds.
Intergenerational Justice in Europe
August 22, 2013 | by Craig J. Willy
In order to avoid a demographic “death trap” Western Europe must implement new and fair policies for both present and future generations. The SGI study suggests some radical solutions.
Protests in Turkey
August 13, 2013 | by Hakan Demir
Who Will Promote Democracy?
The recent anti-government protests in Turkey show that the country’s quality of democracy is the worst in the OECD. Brussels must treat Turkey’s bid for EU membership seriously to support reforms and the rule of law.
SGI Asia Study
July 29, 2013 | by Justine Doody
Asian Award Winners
Singapore and Indonesia: two economic successes based on different modes of governance. Yet both share the challenge of ensuring that growth benefits everyone in their societies.
July 16, 2013 | by Jan Hofmeyr
Growth Isn’t Enough
The recent protests in Brazil show that GDP growth alone does not suffice for sustainable development. The emerging economies must invest in better governance capacities to foster inclusive growth and social justice.
Austerity Measures in Europe and the US
July 04, 2013 | by Max Rashbrooke
Who Wears The Pain Of Adjustment?
Dysfunctional politics in Europe and the US can stand in the way of attempts to make the top 1% bear the brunt of austerity measures, argues Max Rashbrooke.
Media Freedom in Brazil
June 24, 2013 | by Natália Mazotte
Veiled Censorship at Sugarloaf Mountain
Brazil’s media is characterized by oligopolistic ownership and certain opinions dominate. Journalists and human rights activist call for new laws to safeguard freedom of speech and access to information.
SGI Asia Study: EU-China Relations
June 18, 2013 | by Justine Doody
Wine vs. Solar Panels
Relations between China and the EU on energy are fraught: The quarrel over tariffs could pit the two against each other in a wider struggle. Technical rather than political cooperation seems the most both sides can hope for.
Water and Land Management in the OECD
June 06, 2013 | by Antonia Sohns
Natural Buffers Against Climate Change
Investing in natural resilience is key for communities to grow in concert with their environment. A look at how the Netherlands and Poland adapt to climate change.
Intergenerational Justice in the OECD
May 29, 2013 | by Justine Doody
Estonia Ranks Top
A new study by the Sustainable Governance Indicators project ranks Estonia highest among 29 OECD countries in terms of fair policies for both the young and the old.
May 21, 2013 | by Jana Kobzova
Let’s Wait and See
It’s time for the EU to re-assess its relations with Russia: Instead of hesitating between engagement and containment of its biggest neighbour, Europe should consider a strategic pause with Moscow.
Development in the BRICS
May 10, 2013 | by Ana Garcia,Luis Fernandes
The Geography of Innovation is Changing
Patent registration, scientific citations and R&D policies: How the emerging powers Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa demonstrate the path of uneven development.
Corruption in the OECD
April 29, 2013 | by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
We Need New Weapons
Corruption is one of the greatest dangers to democracy. But current policies often don’t pay out. Anti-corruption efforts must focus more on civil society actors instead of governments.
Series: Democracy & Sustainability
April 16, 2013 | by Jan Hofmeyr
Letting Citizens Take The Helm
Civil society in South Africa is vibrant – yet fragmented, underfunded and often under government auspices. But new initiatives in education and health show a new thinking about effective civic engagement.
April 12, 2013 | by Craig J. Willy
Tax The Rich, Give To The Poor
Is this the key to fiscal sustainability? In contrast to what is said by some EU officials and the U.S. Tea Party, higher taxes tend to coincide with lower deficits and low debt, Craig J. Willy writes.
Environmental Policy in the OECD
April 02, 2013 | by Alison Singer
The Fight Over Fracking
Boon or Bane? Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, stirs controversy. The technology offers temporary economic incentives, but also poses huge environmental risks, argues Alison Singer from the Worldwatch Institute.
BRICS Summit in Durban
March 27, 2013 | by SGI News
“South Africa Has Been Left Behind”
Helmut Reisen, until recently head of research at OECD Development Centre, talks about the economic and social affairs of the BRICS countries and the reasons why South Africa is no longer a model for sustainable development.
Voting Systems in the OECD
March 14, 2013 | by David Jandura
The Virtual Ballot Box
New technologies can be useful tools for improving voter and registration rights when framed by strong institutions. A pilot project in Norway shows how this might work.
Democracy in India
March 07, 2013 | by SGI News
“New Delhi Will Not Be Berlin Any Time Soon”
Mira Kamdar from the World Policy Institute in New York about democratic governance and women safety in India and the country’s challenges of global warming.
The Visegrad Group
February 26, 2013 | by Olga Gyarfasova
Eastern Europe’s Path to Democracy
In the post-Communist Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, democracy has become the only game in town. But how well is it played, and who plays it best?
Europe and the Czech Republic
February 18, 2013 | by Craig J. Willy
Milos Zeman, a strong supporter of European integration, will be the next president of the Czech Republic: an opportunity to examine the relations between his country and Western Europe. Does the Iron Curtain still exist?
Immigration in the OECD
February 01, 2013 | by Antonia Sohns
My House, My Job, My Kids
The benchmarks of the integration of immigrants are diverse. Antonia Sohns examines migration policies in the OECD and argues for more efforts in education, employment and civic engagement.
Social Justice in New Zealand
January 22, 2013 | by Max Rashbrooke
The Fair Society and its Enemies
In New Zealand, a widening gap between the rich and the rest threatens many of the country’s greatest strengths, writes Max Rashbrooke, who argues for a new settlement of welfare.
Education in the OECD
January 04, 2013 | by Justine Doody
The Knowledge Economy
From economic success to health and social inclusion: education is a key element in many fields. Justine Doody examines education as cross-governmental priority for policy making in the OECD.
Series: Democracy & Sustainability
December 17, 2012 | by Stefan Wurster
The Best Possible Option?
Do democracies promote sustainable policies better than autocracies? Yes, argues our author: Despite the partial success of autocracies in some fields, investigations show an overall advantage for democratic states.
December 11, 2012 | by Craig J. Willy
An Unlikely Couple
The future of the Eurozone is deeply entwined with the political and economic relations of France and Germany. Yet while the Franco-German consensus is essential, it remains elusive.
November 29, 2012 | by Justine Doody
Not In My Name
While the leaders of the BRICS demand leeway on environmental protection, their people favour conservation. Environmental diplomacy remains a key tool for the emerging economies to impact global governance.
November 21, 2012 | by SGI News
“Your Can’t Have a Democracy on the Basis of Anger”
Guy Berger, Director of the Division for Freedom of Expression and Media Development of UNESCO, about the role of media and education for sustainable governance in South Africa.
November 14, 2012 | by Fréderike Geerdink
Slowly But Surely
In Turkey, the need for reform is large – as is the country’s capacity to implement these reforms. So, how effectively does governance in Turkey serve the needs of present and future generations?
Governance in the BRICS: Russia
November 02, 2012 | by Masha Egupova
When The State Fails
On environmental issues, cyberactivists in Russia are filling the void of state indifference and failure. Russian civil society is getting stronger, writes FutureChallenges blogger Masha Egupova.
Governance in the BRICS: China
October 25, 2012 | by Dandan Wang
Faster Than The Censors
In China, social media and blogs are essential for dealing with state censorship and control. But the official media is changing too, writes FutureChallenges blogger Dandan Wang.
Governance in the BRICS: India
October 22, 2012 | by Ajinkya Pawar
An Elephant In Motion
In India, true sustainable governance can only come from an informed and educated electorate, reports FutureChallenges blogger Ajinkya Pawar.
Governance in the BRICS: South Africa
October 17, 2012 | by Jan Hofmeyr
Riding Out The Storm
History, politics and a lot of anger: FutureChallenges blogger Jan Hofmeyr analyses South Africa’s education crisis and argues that skills development is vital for the country’s sustainable governance.
Governance in the BRICS: Brazil
October 15, 2012 | by Elis dos Anjos
The Big Easy
FutureChallenges blogger Elis Dos Anjos looks at education policy in Brazil and finds that success at school still largly depends on students’ social and economic background.
Governance in the BRICS countries
October 12, 2012 | by SGI News
Bloggers comment on SGI’s New Study
SGI’s new study “Sustainable Governance in the BRICS - Initial Findings” examines policy making in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Five bloggers from FutureChallenges to tell us what they think about it.
Governance in the Digital Age
September 24, 2012 | by SGI News
“Things Are Seething Under The Surface”
In the European salons of the 1920s, the intellectual avant-garde developed basic ideas that would inspire public opinion and political processes. Today, the Facebook community Salon Virtuel is carrying this idea to the internet.
Debt in Japan, Europe and the U.S.
September 08, 2012 | by Craig J. Willy
Who’s The Worst?
Three traditional poles of the capitalist global economy – Japan, Europe and the U.S. – seem to compete for the largest public debt. Who’s the most fiscally irresponsible, and why?
August 20, 2012 | by Antonia Sohns
Pitting Social Justice
Chile – the world’s largest copper producer – is one of the economically most unequal countries in the OECD. Mining governance remains essential to abate social tensions and avert an energy crisis.
Non-Profit Credit Rating Agency
August 10, 2012 | by SGI News
“The Political Momentum Is There Now”
Annette Heuser, Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation North America, and Daniel Schraad-Tischler, SGI Project Manager, discuss INCRA – a new international non-profit credit rating agency.
Social Justice in Greece
August 02, 2012 | by Sophie Diesselhorst
Healthy Slimming or Fiscal Starvation?
In Greece, the crisis is leading to an ever increasing chasm between rich and poor. The austerity measures imposed by the EU are also contributing to growing social injustice. How much saving can the country cope with?
Sustainable Governance Indicators in the Media
July 27, 2012 | by Adrian Steinert
It’s Good Governance, Stupid!
The magazine Der Spiegel recently singled out the Sustainable Governance Indicators as „the most ambitious experiment in comparative politics since Aristotle’s time“, Adrian Steinert from SGI Team reports.
July 20, 2012 | by Justine Doody
Cementing New Power Structures
Western dominance of global financial and political institutions is about to end if the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have anything to do with it. Their fortunes will certainly affect the world economy.
July 10, 2012 | by Craig J. Willy
Seeing Reality Through Graphs and Maps
While people rely less and less on traditional media data blogs serve as a new guide through the information jungle. Craig J. Willy presents some of the most influential data blogs today.
Media Freedom in Germany
July 04, 2012 | by Bernd Ratmeyer
Good Policy Can Be Measured
The SGI project measures and compares the policy success of states. A comparison of press freedom in Hungary and Germany shows how it works.
What’s New With SGI?
July 03, 2012 | by SGI News
“We Render the Invisible Visible”
The Sustainable Governance Indicators examine the political challenges of the 21st century. SGI News spoke with Daniel Schraad-Tischler and Najim Azahaf from SGI about the project and the latest developments.
The Battle Against Climate Change
July 03, 2012 | by Jörg Frommann
Nothing But Hot Air?
In search of an effective multinational strategy to combat global warming many people are looking towards Europe. The old continent can’t provide a universal model but certainly inspiration for successful climate policy.
July 03, 2012 | by Antonia Sohns
Antonia Sohns of the Worldwatch Institute discusses initiatives in the wake of the Rio+20 conference: Good governance is key to successful climate negotiations.