Interministerial Cooperation

Lessons from Germany’s Political Power Struggles

01/06/2023, by Karola Klatt

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

Closing the Gap Between Science and Politics: A European View

12/05/2022, by Craig Willy

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...

U.S. Midterm Elections

The Battle for Control of Congress and Beyond

11/07/2022, by Martin Thunert

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...

Viktor Orbán’s Hungary

What will be Europe's next move?

09/01/2022, by Craig Willy

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...

Energy Security

Russia’s War Requires a Reassessment of Nuclear Power

08/24/2022, by Karola Klatt

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...

Approval Rates in Times of War

Rallying around the Flag in Times of Crisis

07/10/2022, by Karola Klatt

Why not all leaders get a popularity boost in threatening times - and certainly not Joe Biden.

Crisis Preparedness

How Liberal Democracies Can Become Champions of Resilience

07/04/2022, by Christof Schiller

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

Fallout from the War in Ukraine to loom over Czech EU Presidency

06/30/2022, by Vít Dostál

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,...

French Election

President Macron’s Struggle to Unite the French Population

06/10/2022, by Antonia Pieper

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...

Post-election Analysis

The Significance of South Korea’s New President Yoon Seok-yeol

04/20/2022, by Thomas Kalinowski

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...

Social Gap and Climate Change within the G7

Protecting the Vulnerable is Vital to Hit Net Zero

02/10/2022, by Karola Klatt

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

Can Basic Income Schemes Take the Pinch out of the Corona Crisis?

12/15/2021, by Heikki Hiilamo

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

Germany’s Pandemic Fatigue Prevails Despite Glowing Track Record

12/06/2021, by Friedrich Heinemann

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

Pioneers, Laggards and a Total Denier

10/11/2021, by Karola Klatt

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

No Majority against Corrupt Elites in Sight

07/08/2021, by Karola Klatt

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

COVID-19 Exposes Rampant Health System Inequality

04/01/2021, by Karola Klatt

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

Nuclear Energy in the Times of Climate Change

03/09/2021, by Karola Klatt

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

How to Shape a Sustainable Post-Corona Policy?

03/02/2021, by Christof Schiller, Thorsten Hellmann, Karola Klatt

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.

US Elections

The Threat of a Chaotic Legal Fallout

10/21/2020, by Karola Klatt

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

Europe’s Latest Immigration Plan Unlikely to Heal Rifts

10/02/2020, by Jess Smee

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.

Digital Learning

Estonia in IT Consultant Mode

09/11/2020, by Karola Klatt

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

Coronavirus Challenges Climate as Focus of German EU Presidency

06/30/2020, by Jess Smee

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?

South Korea

The Dark Side of the Digital Corona Monitoring

04/30/2020, by Karola Klatt

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.

Science Matters

How Populists are Wasting Valuable Time in the Corona Crisis

03/27/2020, by Karola Klatt

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.

COVID-19 Preparations

Europe Braces for Coronavirus Spread

03/13/2020, by Jess Smee

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

A Stress Test for US Democracy

03/02/2020, by Christian Lammert

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.

Intergenerational Justice

Industrialized Countries Gamble with Younger Generations’ Future

02/21/2020, by Pia Schmidt, Thorsten Hellmann

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

Involuntarily Freelance

02/14/2020, 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

Odds Still Stacked against Working Women in Europe

02/07/2020, by Jess Smee

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?

Open Government

Time for Transparency

01/27/2020, by Karola Klatt

By the end of January, EU countries must make registers of beneficial ownership information publicly accessible – a litmus test for open democracy.

Climate Goals

Wind Power Slump Blows Germany off course on Climate Targets

01/17/2020, by Jess Smee

As the construction of new wind energy turbines stagnates, can Germany still strike its ambitious climate targets?

Social Justice in the OECD

The Ranks of the Working Poor

12/26/2019, by Justine Doody

The simple equation of the past that reducing unemployment is poverty alleviation is no longer true. What’s wrong with labor market policies?

Brexit Ballot

The Rising Clout of Digital Media and the UK Election

12/06/2019, by Jess Smee

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

“A Race We Must Win”

09/20/2019, by Jess Smee

Public pressure is ratcheting higher on the climate crisis. Can the upcoming United Nations Summit in New York galvanize change despite international clashes?

Immigration Policy

Migration Continues to Split Europe

09/06/2019, by Jess Smee

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

Crime Wanes but Populists Play on Public Angst

08/28/2019, by Craig Willy

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?

Economic Regulation

Avoiding a Repeat Performance of the Financial Crisis

07/25/2019, by Craig Willy

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?

G7 Summit

French Meeting Takes Aim at Rising Inequality

07/12/2019, by Jess Smee

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?

Youth Unemployment

Young, Educated and Jobless

06/28/2019, by Karola Klatt

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

Can Japan Maintain its Economic Fortunes?

06/25/2019, by Craig J. Willy

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?

Climate Policy

High Time for Zero Emissions

06/07/2019, by Karola Klatt

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?

Shangri-La Dialogue

On Collision Course in the Indo-Pacific

05/31/2019, by Karola Klatt

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

Sobering results before the European elections

05/14/2019, by SGI PROJECT TEAM

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?

Romania’s Referendum

A Bid to Combat Corruption

05/13/2019, by Lavinia Stan

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

In the Shadow of National Politics

04/18/2019, by Henrik Uterwedde

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

Heading Back to the Past?

03/31/2019, by Anton Pelinka

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

First Signs of Waning Support for Viktor Orbán

02/22/2019, by Justine Doody

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?

Democracy Splutters

Good Day-to-day Governance Under Pressure

02/15/2019, by Christof Schiller

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

Poor Polity, Good Policy?

01/21/2019, by Vít Dostál

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

Brussels Caught in Italian Catch-22

12/20/2018, by Craig J. Willy

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

What Can the Democratic House Accomplish By Oversight?

11/19/2018, by Paul J. Quirk

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

A Chance to Calm the Trade War

11/05/2018, by Claudia Schmucker

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?

Turkey’s Strongman

Erdogan's Extended Clampdown

10/29/2018, by Craig J. Willy

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

Conservatives Gird Themselves for a Bruising

10/12/2018, by Jess Smee

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

Political Parties Race to Spend More

10/05/2018, by Friedrich Heinemann

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

Forging New Alliances under Duress

09/07/2018, by Jon Pierre

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?

Greek Bailouts

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

Trying to Keep Pace with the U.S. and China

07/16/2018, by CRAIG J. WILLY

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?

NATO Summit

Tensions Among Allies

07/10/2018, by Sebastian Feyock

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

All up in the Air

06/13/2018, by Andreas Busch

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

Will Trudeau sidestep the many potential pitfalls?

06/04/2018, by John Kirton and Brittaney Warren

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

An Almost Healthy Patient

05/07/2018, by Bernard M. S. van Praag

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

Is Viktor Orbán a sure winner even though he is weaker?

04/03/2018, by Anton Pelinka

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?

Poland’s disoriented EU policy

03/27/2018, by Piotr Buras

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

First European Country In The Hand Of Populists?

03/12/2018, by Maurizio Cotta

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

Heading towards a Badly Hung Parliament?

02/27/2018, by Maurizio Cotta

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

Stalemate and Chaos?

01/17/2018, by Vít Dóstal

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

25 Years After the Velvet Divorce

01/08/2018, by Marianne Kneuer

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

The Measurable Impact of Populism

01/03/2018, by Nina Siemer

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

In Times of Political Polarization, Progressive Policymaking Suffers

12/18/2017, by Christof Schiller

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

Normalizing Nationalism?

11/28/2017, 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

Austria’s Emerging Quick-Change Artist

10/10/2017, by Anton Pelinka

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

Much More at Stake Than Cheaper Products

10/02/2017, by Martin Schulz

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.

New Zealand

Understanding New Zealanders’ Uncertainty Towards Taxing Wealth

09/22/2017, by Max Rashbrooke

“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

The Worries of Wealth

09/09/2017, by Mi Ah Schøyen and Are Vegard Haug

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

Convincing, but Problems Ahead

09/01/2017, by Henrik Uterwedde

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.


Voting in Times of Frustration

07/25/2017, by Fabian Klein

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

The First Fifty Days of Emmanuel Macron’s Presidency

07/18/2017, by Henrik Uterwedde

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

Germany’s tax policy needs a fresh start

07/11/2017, by Friedrich Heinemann

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

Brexit: From Hard to "Hostile"?

06/06/2017, by Iain Begg

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?


Mining and Lack of Governance Threaten Arctic Freshwater Supplies

05/20/2017, by Antonia Sohns

Mining and water policies currently do not sufficiently protect circumpolar communities and their environment. The Arctic needs a robust and sustainable water governance framework.


Economic Stagnation, Political Revolution?

04/18/2017, by Frank Beauchamp

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?


New Trade Opportunities for Mexico beyond the United States

03/27/2017, by DANIEL KAPELLMANN

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.

Dutch Elections

More than Populism's Next Test

03/13/2017, by Robert Hoppe and Margarita Jeliazkova

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.

Visegrád states

No Plan to Restore Europe to "Greatness"

03/04/2017, by Frank Beauchamp

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

Are Segmented Labor Markets Feeding Populism?

02/12/2017, by Andrew Tanabe

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

"The Upswing isn't Reaching Everyone"

12/01/2016, by SGI News

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

Europe's "Working Poor" and Populism are on the Rise

11/21/2016, by D. Schraad-Tischler & C. Schiller

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.


No True Democracy without Peace

11/07/2016, by Roy Karadag

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.

U.S.-Mexican Relations

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.

SGI 2016

Australia: The Biggest Loser in Future Viability

10/24/2016, by D. Schraad-Tischler & C. Schiller

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.

European Union

After Brexit: Three Lessons for a Stronger European Union

10/12/2016, by Frank Beauchamp

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?

SGI 2016

Is Political Polarization Holding Back the U.S.?

09/22/2016, by D. Schraad-Tischler & C. Schiller

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!

Polar Development

What the EU's New Arctic Policy Omits

09/15/2016, by Antonia Sohns

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

"Principled Pragmatisms" to Guide the EU-27's External Relations

08/23/2016, by Justine Doody

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

Challenges for OECD and EU countries have dramatically increased, while problem-solving abilities are in decline

08/18/2016, by SGI team

International comparison of future viability: Nordic countries still best equipped for the future, but top position wavering.

Panama Papers

Misguided Tax Targeting Fosters Inequality in Mexico

08/04/2016, by Daniel Kapellmann & Jamie Stark

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

Can Justin Trudeau Strike Canada's Balancing Act?

07/21/2016, by Andrew Tanabe

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.


A Culture Clash Within Britain

07/11/2016, by Craig Willy

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.

United States

How Ideological Trenches in US Politics Can Be Overcome

06/03/2016, by Andrew Tanabe

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.

Panama Papers

Crack Down on Tax Dodgers

05/26/2016, by Craig Willy

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

Can Europe Avoid Tough Choices?

05/19/2016, by Mi Ah Schoyen

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?

Refugee Crisis

The Nordic Welfare Model: Buffer or Weakness?

05/06/2016, by Anne Skevik Grødem

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?

Parliamentary elections

Koreans Vote for Change

04/29/2016, by Thomas Kalinowski

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

Are More Sustainable Societies Happier?

04/17/2016, by Justine Doody

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?


State-Owned Enterprises – A Challenge for Anticorruption Fight in Eastern Europe

03/23/2016, by Corina Murafa

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

Long-Term Wellbeing of European Societies is at Stake

03/16/2016, by Natália Mazotte

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...

Southeast Europe

Quixotic Quests for European Integration

02/27/2016, by Craig Willy

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...

SGI 2016

A New Global Consensus?

02/12/2016, by Andrew Tanabe

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

What About Water?

01/25/2016, by Antonia Sohns

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

Is the Refugee Crisis an Opportunity for Europe?

01/12/2016, by Kim Wellmann

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.

OECD Countries

Americas are Ill Prepared for UN Sustainable Development Goals

01/04/2016, by Daniel Kapellmann & Jamie Stark

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

Social Justice in Europe: A Casualty of the Crisis

12/16/2015, by Daniel Schraad-Tischler & Justine Doody

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

OECD Countries: No Models for Sustainable Development

11/27/2015, by Craig Willy

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.

SGI 2015

Trust Vacuum Leaves Australia Struggling to Govern

11/10/2015, by Max Rashbrooke

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

Don't Tread on Any Toes

10/20/2015, by Alison Singer

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

Are the Rich Nations About to Fail?

10/02/2015, by Christian Kroll

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

Denmark Turns Right, Spain Goes Left

09/15/2015, by Justine Doody

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.

SGI 2015

Denmark: Still Worth Getting To

08/26/2015, by Craig Willy

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.

Ukraine-EU Relations

Conditional Solidarity for Kiev

08/06/2015, by Iryna Solonenko

A balance between assistance, pressure and conditionality: Can cooperation between civil society and the donor community translate into better governance in Ukraine?


Leading but Lacking in E-Governance

07/17/2015, by Daniel Kapellmann & Jamie Stark

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.

European Union

Democratic Deficit Drives Social Disintegration

06/30/2015, by Henrik Scheller

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.


Cleaning Up Needs Stamina

06/04/2015, by Corina Murafa

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?

Franco-German Relations

Facing Putin: From EU Sanctions to a European Army?

05/18/2015, by Craig Willy

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?

European Union

Striving for Triple-A on Social Issues

05/01/2015, by Natália Mazotte

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.


Good Environmental Policies Equal More Just Societies

04/16/2015, by Alison Singer

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.


Preventing Terrorism in the Capital of Europe

03/26/2015, by Craig J. Willy

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.

Social Justice

UK Ranks Behind Eastern Europe on Social Justice

03/06/2015, by Jan Hofmeyr

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

European Jobs Wanted

02/23/2015, by Justine Doody & Daniel Schraad-Tischler

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

Restoring Law and Order in Mexico

02/03/2015, by Daniel Kapellmann & Jamie Stark

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.

Environmental Policy

Canadian Provinces Take Lead on Climate Protection

01/21/2015, by Antonia Sohns

Canada's federal government should follow the example of provincial regulations and unify the country's climate policy.

Demographic Crisis

Can Japan come back from the "Lonely Death"?

01/09/2015, by Craig J. Willy

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

Excellence through Equity

12/17/2014, by Max Rashbrooke

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.


"Social Justice Must Become a European Priority"

11/28/2014, by SGI News

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.

Environmental Policy

OECD Countries Fails to Make Headway on Conservation

11/04/2014, by Alison Singer

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

Will Andrej Kiska Revive Slovak Democracy?

10/13/2014, by Olga Gyarfasova

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

In Search of "Social Europe"

09/30/2014, by Craig J. Willy

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

Social Imbalance in Europe is on the Rise

09/15/2014, by Daniel Schraad-Tischler

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.


Media Duopoly Threatens Right to Information

09/11/2014, by Natália Mazotte

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.

Global Finance

The Saviors

08/21/2014, 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

Too Small, Too Personal

08/06/2014, by Sally Broughton Micova

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

A Bastion of Stability

07/26/2014, by Jan Hofmeyr

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.

Central-Eastern Europe

Progress and Roll-Back of Europeanization

07/09/2014, by Craig J. Willy

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

Nordic Civil Society: Schools of Democracy or Organised Individualism?

06/27/2014, by Mi Ah Schøyen & Marianne Takle

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?


Judicial Defense

06/20/2014, 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

The Tragedy of Conservation

06/10/2014, by Alison Singer

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

"It's Important to Go Beyond GDP"

06/02/2014, by SGI News

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.

Wellbeing Analysis

"It Would Radically Improve Policies"

05/20/2014, by SGI News

Gus O'Donnell, Chair of the Legatum Institute Commission on Wellbeing Policy, talks about the implications of applying wellbeing analysis to public policy.


The World's Top Donor

04/29/2014, by Justine Doody

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

Japan's Civil Society and its Fight against Nuclear Energy

04/09/2014, by Susanne Brucksch

Fukushima triggered vibrant civic engagement in Japan. Yet Japanese clientelistic politics undermines any effective democratic control. Not even the nuclear catastrophe has changed that.

SGI 2014

Social Divides Threaten Europe's Future

04/06/2014, by Daniel Schraad-Tischler

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

Asian Waters

03/27/2014, 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

An Appetite for Change?

03/04/2014, by Justine Doody

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.

Right-Sized Policy-Making

A New Model for International Cooperation

02/10/2014, by Kathrin Keil

"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.

SGI 2014

"Making Governance Innovations Travel"

01/20/2014, by SGI News

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.


"Dilma Government Needs to Control Inflation"

01/09/2014, by SGI News

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.

Ecological Footprint

Developing With The Future In Mind

12/17/2013, by Antonia Sohns

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.

South Korea

"Social Welfare is One of the Biggest Challenges"

12/02/2013, by SGI News

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

The Super Model?

11/21/2013, by Mi Ah Schøyen & Bjørn Hvinden

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

Towards Atlantic Laissez-Faire or Asian Nation-Statism?

11/11/2013, by Craig J. Willy

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

Escaping The Intergenerational (In-)justice Trap

10/31/2013, by Daniel Schraad-Tischler

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

The Dam Problem

10/18/2013, by Alison Singer

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

Demography Is No Destiny

10/08/2013, by Jan Hofmeyr

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

The Tools For Democracy

09/25/2013, by Halina Ward

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

"Development in Asia Demands Huge Sacrifices"

09/13/2013, by SGI News

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

All Quiet in the Blue House

09/02/2013, by Young-Sim Song

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

Towards Gerontocracy?

08/22/2013, 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

Who Will Promote Democracy?

08/13/2013, by Hakan Demir

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

Asian Award Winners

07/29/2013, by Justine Doody

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.

BRICS countries

Growth Isn't Enough

07/16/2013, by Jan Hofmeyr

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

Who Wears The Pain Of Adjustment?

07/04/2013, by Max Rashbrooke

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

Veiled Censorship at Sugarloaf Mountain

06/24/2013, by Natália Mazotte

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

Wine vs. Solar Panels

06/18/2013, by Justine Doody

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

Natural Buffers Against Climate Change

06/06/2013, by Antonia Sohns

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

Estonia Ranks Top

05/29/2013, by Justine Doody

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.

EU-Russia Partnership

Let's Wait and See

05/21/2013, by Jana Kobzova

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

The Geography of Innovation is Changing

05/10/2013, by Ana Garcia,Luis Fernandes

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

We Need New Weapons

04/29/2013, by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

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

Letting Citizens Take The Helm

04/16/2013, by Jan Hofmeyr

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.

Fiscal Crisis

Tax The Rich, Give To The Poor

04/12/2013, by Craig J. Willy

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

The Fight Over Fracking

04/02/2013, by Alison Singer

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

"South Africa Has Been Left Behind"

03/27/2013, by SGI News

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

The Virtual Ballot Box

03/14/2013, by David Jandura

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

"New Delhi Will Not Be Berlin Any Time Soon"

03/07/2013, by SGI News

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

Eastern Europe's Path to Democracy

02/26/2013, by Olga Gyarfasova

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

Virtuous Czechs

02/18/2013, 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

My House, My Job, My Kids

02/01/2013, by Antonia Sohns

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

The Fair Society and its Enemies

01/22/2013, by Max Rashbrooke

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

The Knowledge Economy

01/04/2013, by Justine Doody

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

The Best Possible Option?

12/17/2012, by Stefan Wurster

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.

Franco-German Relations

An Unlikely Couple

12/11/2012, by Craig J. Willy

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.

Climate Diplomacy

Not In My Name

11/29/2012, by Justine Doody

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.

South Africa

"Your Can't Have a Democracy on the Basis of Anger"

11/21/2012, by SGI News

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.


Slowly But Surely

11/14/2012, by Fréderike Geerdink

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

When The State Fails

11/02/2012, by Masha Egupova

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

Faster Than The Censors

10/25/2012, by Dandan Wang

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

An Elephant In Motion

10/22/2012, by Ajinkya Pawar

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

Riding Out The Storm

10/17/2012, by Jan Hofmeyr

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

The Big Easy

10/15/2012, by Elis dos Anjos

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

Bloggers comment on SGI's New Study

10/12/2012, by SGI News

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

"Things Are Seething Under The Surface"

09/24/2012, by SGI News

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.

Who's The Worst?

09/08/2012, by Craig J. Willy

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?


Pitting Social Justice

08/20/2012, by Antonia Sohns

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

"The Political Momentum Is There Now"

08/10/2012, by SGI News

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

Healthy Slimming or Fiscal Starvation?

08/02/2012, by Sophie Diesselhorst

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

It's Good Governance, Stupid!

07/27/2012, by Adrian Steinert

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.

BRICS Countries

Cementing New Power Structures

07/20/2012, by Justine Doody

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.

Data Blogs

Seeing Reality Through Graphs and Maps

07/10/2012, by Craig J. Willy

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

Good Policy Can Be Measured

07/04/2012, by Bernd Ratmeyer

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?

"We Render the Invisible Visible"

07/03/2012, by SGI News

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

Nothing But Hot Air?

07/03/2012, by Jörg Frommann

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.

Rio+20 Conference

The Aftermath

07/03/2012, 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.