*****The end of the Anglo-American order? Image copyright AFP There has always been a shared conceit at the heart of the special relationship between the United States and United Kingdom that global leadership is best expressed and exerted in English.
More boastful than the Brits, successive US presidents have trumpeted the notion of American exceptionalism. Prime ministers, in a more understated manner, have also come to believe in British exceptionalism, the idea that Westminster is the mother parliament, and that the UK has a governing model and liberal values that set the global standard for others to follow, not least its former colonies. In the post-war Anglo-American order those ideas came together. In many ways, it was the product of Anglo-American exceptionalist thinking: the "city upon a hill" meets "this sceptred isle". *****Fragility Index / Indices (interactive map) *****Which are the world's strongest democracies?
Gender balance in governance. Covenant of Mayors. *****Subnational gov + paradiplomacy - Forget the nation-state: cities will transform the way we conduct foreign affairs. In 1814, Ivan Krylov, one of Russia’s best known authors, wrote a fable describing a man who goes to a museum and scrutinizes all sorts of tiny things, but fails to notice a bulky elephant.
The new elephant in international relations is called “paradiplomacy”, the external relations of subnational governments. If the overwhelming majority of cities and states are conducting foreign affairs, and therefore thousands of brand-new actors are rising and adding their voices to global governance, how is it possible that we are not paying full attention? Aware of their economic potential and faced with gridlock in national capitals, mayors and governors have gone a long way towards exercising political and economic power globally. The international activism of cities and states is rapidly growing across the world, discreetly transforming diplomatic practices and the delivery of public services. Cities are economic and political powerhouses. Cities show their clout. *****Subnational government: Much to commend this. Let the fools & backsliders go so serious ppl can focus.Then welcome them back when they find senses. EU Brexit stance.
*****The true cause of hunger and famine? War and weak governance @sioconnell1 #af17. *****City region / Subnational governance: Did you know if Lagos were a country, it would have one of the largest economies in Africa? #CNNLagosWeek #Lagosat50. *****Subnational government: Over the last century the share of tax revenue in #USA from local government declined. Loss of local power? Hybrid regimes: This is a terrific thread. This is what it looks like to be serious about strategy in opposition to real political danger. Which are the world's strongest democracies? Monument To The Unknown Bureaucrat. Umberto Eco Makes a List of the 14 Common Features of Fascism Open Culture.
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When people don’t trust their government #democracy can be at risk when people elect non-politicians disrespecting separation of powers. Dictator Venn diagram template by GCSE Historians. Which Government System is the Best for People's Wealth? #dataviz #economy #politics. Really clear on a complex topic, and good for AQA Geog Unit 3 Conflicts, and #edexcel Superpowers #geographyteacher. Press freedom rank 2017 1 □□Norway 16 □□Germany 22 □□Canada 40 □□UK 43 □□US 103 □□Brazil 155 □□Turkey 176 □□China. *****The evolution of modern government. The true cause of hunger and famine? War and weak governance @sioconnell1 #af17. *****Nepotism across different nations.
Changing attitudes. Read more. Word of the day: KAKISTOCRACY - government by the least qualified or worst individuals. *****Humanity a bit concerned that its leaders are completely insane. *****Hard power. Soft power. *****Well-being: Denmark has the best work-life balance. Here’s why. Which are the world's strongest democracies? The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) latest Democracy Index 2016 shows 72 countries experienced a decline in democratic values last year.
Countries with declining levels of democracy outnumbered those becoming more democratic by more than 2 to 1. The EIU’s Democracy Index measures the state of democracy by rating electoral processes and pluralism, the state of civil liberties, the functioning of government, political participation and political culture in more than 160 countries worldwide. *****World's strongest democracies (interactive map) The Deadliest Occupation – King of the Britons Murder – 16% Battle – 14% Accident – 3% Natural – 55% unknown – 12% Why Sweden beats other countries at just about everything. If you’re Swedish, you should be feeling pretty proud of yourself right now.
Here's a few reasons why. It’s easy to do business there It’s really easy to do business in Sweden. So much so that it now ranks number one on the Forbes’ annual list of the Best Countries for Business. Compare that to economic powerhouse the US, which is in 23rd place. Ten years ago, Sweden ranked no 17, but since then it has embarked upon a number of initiatives that have propelled it to the top. Forbes graded 139 countries on 11 factors including, innovation, taxes, technology, levels of bureaucracy and stock market performance. It is globally competitive The World Economic Forum publishes a Global Competitiveness Index every year, and this year it put Sweden in sixth place. “The labour market functions reasonably well and Sweden has a high employment rate, with a high level of women’s participation in the workforce.” Image: Global Competitiveness Index.
*****Dictatorship and persecution: These are Assad's former prisons. This is what the single-person cells look like. *** 'Antrumpocene': Nobody knows what era we’re in now. How old are European presidents, kings, and queens? #Europe #Politics. My post on the Multidimensional Poverty Index 2nd most popular on World Bank's governance blog. #NoAccounting4Taste. America’s dominance is over. By 2030, we'll have a handful of global powers. The world's political landscape in 2030 will look considerably different to the present one.
Nation states will remain the central players. There will be no single hegemonic force but instead a handful of countries – the U.S., Russia, China, Germany, India and Japan chief among them – exhibiting semi-imperial tendencies. Power will be more widely distributed across non-state networks, including regressive ones. And vast conurbations of mega-cities and their peripheries will exert ever greater influence. Populism is poison. Plural cities are the antidote. The world’s most powerful nation states are flirting with catastrophic conflict.
Whether it is in Europe, Asia or the Middle East, for the first time since the 1960s we are facing a real possibility of nuclear confrontation. With nation states distracted, the threat of irreversible climate change also looms large. Global anxiety is feeding the growth of nationalist movements, emboldened by the drum beat of populism. Anti-immigrant and anti-establishment parties are capitalizing on public disquiet, gaining footholds in political systems across the planet. Global Terrorism Database. The updated GTD WebGL Globe is an interactive geographic visualization, currently in beta, that plots the location and frequency of yearly terrorist attacks worldwide from 1970-2014.
It was developed by START using the WebGL Globe open platform created by the Google Data Arts Team. Automated geocoding from the OpenCage Geocoder supplements the geocoding available in the public dataset. Periscopic, a data visualization firm that promotes information transparency and public awareness, has produced an innovative, interactive tool that allows users to explore the impact and dynamics of GTD perpetrator groups. A World of Terror examines the 25 perpetrators that were most active between 1970 and 2013, visualizing their attack patterns across multiple dimensions including life span, recency, casualties, and geographic spread. Governance of the skies: Attack on the drones: the creeping privatisation of our urban airspace.
We woke up before dawn and caught the first train to Waterloo, so we could capture some aerial footage in the early morning London light with no one around.
We were interested in using a drone to get a vantage point that no rooftop could offer, looking down on the under-renovation South Bank Tower. Lifting off from a grassy, flat expanse next to the river Thames, we quickly vaulted to the height of a 30-storey building and began capturing slow, sweeping images from a bird’s-eye view. But then a security guard emerged from the building and ran towards us. “You can’t fly that here,” he yelled. Sydney, Vancouver mayors vow to fight climate change despite... "Denial doesn't stop climate change accelerating so it's even more important for cities to do their bit" MEXICO CITY, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Cities around the world can combat climate change without national government support, the mayors of Sydney and Vancouver said on Wednesday, amid fears that a Donald Trump U.S. presidency could undermine efforts to limit global warming.
The two were in Mexico City for the C40 Mayors' Summit, where nearly 50 mayors and deputies from around the globe will discuss environmental issues such as air pollution. Since his election victory, President-elect Trump has said he was keeping an "open mind" on whether to pull out of the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. Trump had previously called man-made global warming a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.
City limits: introducing the Global Parliament of Mayors. City leaders from around the world gathered recently for the Global Parliament of Mayors. Could cities be set to overtake national governments as key decision makers? London, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland deserve a seat at the Brexit negotiating table. When British voters went to the polls back in June, they were asked to decide whether or not the country should leave the EU. They said yes. What they perhaps didn’t realize was that this decision would have even deeper implications, calling into question the very nature of the UK. The Brexit results revealed a divided nation. Image: New York Times There are three possible outcomes for the UK’s political set-up when British Prime Minister Theresa May triggers Article 50.