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Ngaire Woods

Ngaire Woods

Writing for PS since 2013
56 commentaries
2 videos & podcasts

Ngaire Woods is Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford.

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  1. An Antidote to the Polarization Poison
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    An Antidote to the Polarization Poison

    Feb 26, 2024 Ngaire Woods suggests how policymakers can foster a sense of solidarity among people of different political creeds.

  2. Saving Representative Democracy from Online Trolls
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    Saving Representative Democracy from Online Trolls

    Dec 28, 2023 Ngaire Woods urges tech companies and governments to protect women in politics from an escalating onslaught of online hate.

  3. Cooperation or Crisis
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    Cooperation or Crisis

    Oct 11, 2023 Ngaire Woods reflects on the challenges and upheavals that facilitated the establishment of today’s global order.

  4. Why the First Hundred Days in Office Matter
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    Why the First Hundred Days in Office Matter

    Aug 28, 2023 Ngaire Woods outlines steps newly elected politicians can take to turn their promises into tangible achievements.

  5. Making International Summits Work
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    Making International Summits Work

    Jun 26, 2023 Ngaire Woods highlights several key principles for facilitating successful multilateral negotiations.

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    The Language of Political Control

    Robert Skidelsky views recent linguistic innovations as manipulative efforts to compel “correct” thought and perception.
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    Globalization vs. Democracy

    Kaushik Basu highlights the contradictions and vulnerabilities inherent in the current international order.
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    The West’s New Infrastructure Imperative

    Diane Coyle explains why a broader conception of the term could reflect a renewed interest in investing in the future.
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    An Iran-Israel War?

    Iran’s mass ballistic missile and drone attack on Israel last week raised anew the specter of a widening Middle East war that draws in Iran and its proxies, as well as Western countries like the United States. The urgent need to defuse tensions – starting by ending Israel’s war in Gaza and pursuing a lasting political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – is obvious, but can it be done?

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    What a Climate-Aligned IMF Would Look Like

    Mohamed Nasheed & Rakesh Mohan explain how the managing director can fully position the institution to help the most vulnerable countries.
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    The Key to Transforming African Health

    Jayati Ghosh highlights efforts to foster scientific innovation and drug manufacturing on the continent.
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    China’s Rebalancing Imperative

    Stephen S. Roach

    The most successful development stories almost always involve major shifts in the sources of economic growth, which in turn allow economies to reinvent themselves out of necessity or by design. In China, the interplay of mounting external pressures, lagging household consumption, and falling productivity will increasingly shape China’s policy choices in the years ahead.

    explains why the Chinese authorities should switch to a consumption- and productivity-led growth model.
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    From Welfare State to Safe State in Latin America

    Jorge G. Castañeda & Carlos Ominami

    Designing a progressive anti-violence strategy that delivers the safety for which a huge share of Latin Americans crave is perhaps the most difficult challenge facing many of the region’s governments. But it is also the most important.

    urge the region’s progressives to start treating security as an essential component of social protection.
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    The Urgency of Sovereign-Debt Restructuring

    José Antonio Ocampo highlights the need for a comprehensive mechanism to deliver relief to low- and middle-income countries.

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