Challenges of Government Conference 2017

Challenges of Government Conference

Bridging the Gap

Monday 19 June and Tuesday 20 June 2017

Politics across the world is in tumult. A new populism has emerged from both left and right. Globalisation is under attack. Across every continent, electorates have lost patience with the establishment elites who have traditionally run countries and international institutions. The ‘left behind’ are stepping forward. This year, the Blavatnik School of Government’s annual Challenges of Government Conference focuses on this revolution: the breakdown in trust, the reasons behind it, and what an effective response might look like. Those taking part include global leaders and practitioners who are striving daily to address the crisis, as well as leading academics who will set out their latest cutting-edge ideas.

Join us for ‘Bridging the Gap - how to renovate politics, public service, economies, and bolster international cooperation to build more cohesive and trusting societies.’

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Key thematic issues addressed at CoGC 2017 will include:


  • Breakdown of democracies and renovating politics – is rising populism a harbinger of democratic decay or an opportunity for developing a more responsive politics?
  • Inclusive nationalism and narratives of citizenship and membership – how do we balance the rights of citizenship and recognise national ‘belonging’ in the context of strong migration flows?
  • Common discourses in a splintered information age – what are the challenges and opportunities for politics presented by more compartmentalised patterns of information consumption in the digital age?


  • The global economy and inequality: Is capitalism broken? – do we need to rethink the current rules of the game, including on regulation, theory of the firm and the model of stakeholder value?
  • The future of work and income – how do we resolve growing unemployment and inequality in the context of technological progress and the acceleration of robotics?
  • A societal role for Corporates – what can society fairly expect of multinational corporations in a world that they increasingly dominate?

Public Service

  • Citizen dissatisfaction: How do we meet the expectations of a restless population? – how do we reconnect with citizens who are increasingly fed up with unresponsive public services?
  • Impartiality in a polarising era – how do we retain the best and brightest in the public sector and what should our public-sector values be?
  • Beyond Performance Management: Revitalising professionalism and autonomy – how do we get governments institutions to become more agile and effective?