Can we bridge the gap between government and citizens?

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Registration is now open for this year’s Challenges of Government Conference, which will tackle the theme of ‘Bridging the Gap’.

Following on from the recent breakdown in trust in traditional leadership, the conference will focus on ways to overcome the widening rift between governments and citizens: how to renovate politics, public service, economies, and bolster international cooperation to build more cohesive and trusting societies.

The Challenges of Government Conference 2017 offers a varied and exciting programme, addressing key issues facing leadership across politics, the economy and public service. A majority of the Blavatnik School’s faculty has been closely involved in the development of the conference programme, with each of the three main themes being driven forward by a specific member of faculty. Pepper Culpepper, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, is leading on the politics sessions, while Karthik Ramanna, Professor of Business and Public Policy is masterminding the economics aspects. The public service component is directed by Anandi Mani, Professor of Behavioural Economics and Public Policy.

A highly diverse range of global leaders, key practitioners and distinguished academics will share their experiences and propose innovative solutions. Among many others, we are delighted to welcome Ms Hu Shuli, Editor-in-Chief of Caixin Media, Ms Swati Ramanathan, Co-Founder of the Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy and Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Founder and Chairman of the Africa Initiative for Governance. Mr Andrew Haldane will give insights gained in his role as Chief Economist of the Bank of England and Mr Nana Kwasi Agyekum Dwamena will build on his experiences as Head of the Ghanian Civil Service. A full list of confirmed speakers and panellists can be viewed here.

The draft conference programme is available here. Sessions are still subject to change so please keep checking the website for updates.

The Challenges of Government Conference takes place on 19-20 June and is free and open to all. To attend, sign up here.

The image above is from the 2016 Challenges of Government Conference. Credit: John Cairns.