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    From the archives: A question of gravity – how do we get social accountability off the ground?

From the archives: A question of gravity – how do we get social accountability off the ground?

The debate around social accountability is on the move. While once the crucial question was whether it could produce tangible results, the debate now centres on what social accountability can achieve (and when, and where, and, crucially, how).

Recent collaborative research from CARE International and the Overseas Development Institute explored these questions for a single programme (CARE’s community score cards) across […]

February 11th, 2019|Archive|0 Comments|
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    MPA second year Lorena Cruz Serrano on the move from law to public policy

MPA second year Lorena Cruz Serrano on the move from law to public policy

The SPP Blog sat down with MPA Second Year, Lorena Cruz-Serrano to chat about her transition from law to public policy. We discussed Lorena’s professional background, her views on the links and tensions between legal and economic thinking and future ambitions.

What were you doing before the MPA?

Prior to the MPA, I was a transactional lawyer working in toll-road infrastructure project financing in Colombia. […]

Launching the LSE School of Public Policy

 

LSE’s new School of Public Policy (SPP) recently held its launch event, featuring a thoughtful and challenging panel discussion on the rise of populism, and how LSE’s new public policy school can equip its students to reverse the trend. LSE’s Director, Dame Minouche Shafik and the SPP’s inaugural Dean, Professor Andres Velasco were joined by:

Professor Sara Hobolt, Sutherland Chair in European Institutions and a faculty member of LSE’s Department of Government and the European […]

Current MPA second year Samantha Fu on public policy

One day a week, in an attempt to escape outright destitution, I work at a second-hand bookstore. On one of these days, a few weeks ago now, I was dutifully chatting with a customer who wanted to know what I was studying. When I told him, he said “what is public policy?”

The question took me by surprise. The term […]

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    Dr Berkay Ozcan on the cultural origins of savings behaviour

Dr Berkay Ozcan on the cultural origins of savings behaviour

The SPP blog sat down with Dr Berkay Ozcan, Associate Professor from LSE’s Department of Social Policy and co-author of a recent piece on the cultural origins of savings behaviour to discuss the paper’s findings and implications for policy.

First, a quick outline of the paper and its main findings

The paper investigates whether culture impacts perceptions and behaviour around saving. Using long-term longitudinal data from the Understanding Society Survey it examines the savings behaviour of three […]

MPA almunus Knut Ulsrud on creating change

Creating change requires translating from problems to analysis, and analysis to solutions. This means knowing how to break down and analyse specific problems, how analysis informs solutions, and crucially, how to communicate those solutions simply to a wide audience. This holds true for industry professionals, business analysts, consultants, policy makers, community activists and entrepreneurs. This blog uses examples to […]

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    Current MPA second year Gayatri Mehta on social impact investing

Current MPA second year Gayatri Mehta on social impact investing

The SPP blog sat down with current MPA Second Year Gayatri Mehta to discuss the social impact competition MIINT and the skills and mindset of a social impact investor.  

Can you briefly explain what MIINT is? 

MIINT, which stands MBA Impact Investment Network and Training, is an ‘experiential lab’ designed to give students at business and graduate schools a hands-on education […]

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    MPA alumnus Rajkumar Singh on government, governance and influencing change

MPA alumnus Rajkumar Singh on government, governance and influencing change

The SPP blog sat down with alumnus Rajkumar Singh to chat about his career since leaving the MPA in 2012 and his reflections on working with and for governments around the world.

First, a bit of background

Raj is Indian born, was raised in Kuwait and has lived and worked in 10 different countries. He has advised four African governments […]

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    Allocating scarce resources and the expression of the human condition

Allocating scarce resources and the expression of the human condition

As LSE trained policy-makers, we are taught to quantify the impact of policy decisions. Distributing scarce resources between so many deserving and necessary interventions requires us to make hard choices about priorities. It also encourages us to focus on quantifiable goods and outcomes. This approach makes it hard to justify spending on the arts, particularly in times of uncertain economic growth. Furthermore, […]

Why study the Master of Public Policy at LSE?

Paul Sullivan, Manager of LSE’s new School of Public Policy, discusses how a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree will equip you with the necessary skills to address the world’s most pressing public policy challenges.

Why has the School of Public Policy decided to offer this new one-year programme?
Simply, because we think there is a need for a different type of public […]