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The future policy-maker’s bookshelf

You might remember when ‘selfie’ was declared the word of the year by the Oxford dictionaries. Shortly after, the term ‘shelfie’, a photo of your bookshelf became an Instagram hit.  Looking at other people’s bookshelves, it turns out, is more interesting than we might first imagine.

Over the last year, since I started on the London School of Economics Executive […]

Using my MPA for Waste & Hope

“What are you going to do now?” That was the question I heard in every conversation, over the past year! I was so busy organizing events, preparing for my exams, spending time with the friends I was not going to see so often anymore, that the question became rather annoying. After graduation, it was difficult to say goodbye to […]

Making a difference: a medical toolkit with a mobile app

The 10th annual GPPN Conference, hosted by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, featured students’ solution-oriented ideas and prototypes to address public policy challenges identified by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To participate, each GPPN member school carefully selected up to five student teams to present their projects and compete for the GPPN prize. The result: 32 teams from around the world met […]

Greetings from Gina, Chair of the MPA Student Association!

Hello, congratulations and welcome to the LSE MPA!

My name is Gina and I am the Chair of the MPA Student Association (MPASA) for 2017-2018. I moved to London from New York City last summer and cannot believe how quickly time has flown by! It seems like just yesterday that I arrived on campus for our pre-sessional courses, dived into […]

SuperGov: empowering citizens with super governance

The 10th annual GPPN Conference, hosted by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, featured students’ solution oriented ideas and prototypes to address public policy challenges identified by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To participate, each GPPN member school carefully selected up to five student teams to present their projects and compete for the GPPN prize. The result: 32 teams from around the world […]

The Importance of Being Political

Physicists complain that their academic departments discourage them from contemplating the philosophical implications of the theories they study. Instead, they are told to mathematise: just solve the equations. The same approach bedevils policy making.

There’s a tendency to economicise social problems. For example, the waves of migration by young Europeans from central, eastern, and southern Europe to the north west, […]

SuperGov – Empowering Citizens with Super Governance

This blog post summarises a submission by a group of our LSE MPA students for this year’s GPPN conference which took place in February 2017. This group’s submission aims to address the trust gap between citizens and their governments and proposes a solution. 

The Problem

Confidence in national governments across OECD countries had decreased to an all-time low of 40% in […]

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    Harry Potter Meets Prototypes for Policy-Making: the Global Public Policy Network Conference 2017

Harry Potter Meets Prototypes for Policy-Making: the Global Public Policy Network Conference 2017

“Eternal glory! That’s what awaits the student who wins the Triwizard Tournament, but to do this, that student must survive three tasks.”
Although J. K. Rowling could not have known it, these words of Professor Dumbledore to the students of Hogwarts actually provide great insight into the workings of one of the highlights of the MPA calendar: the annual student […]

Piecing together a paradigm and the “Power of Free”

Every year, LSE students wait in long queues to reach the J.P Morgan smoothie bar. You may think they stand in the rain for an hour to network and enhance their career prospects. However, there may be other behavioural phenomena at play. Have you heard of the zero price effect otherwise known as the “power of free”?

Dan Ariely provides […]

Transforming a business model to change lives in Nairobi

The LSE Management course MG438 teaches students about Business Model Innovation and how to radically change various parts of a business model.  We also learn how businesses operate at the base of the pyramid (the poorest economic quintile). This is very important when working in social enterprises or consulting in a developing country’s poorest region(s). Much contemporary business education is […]