Author: duncan

This is a conversational blog written and maintained by Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB and author of ‘From Poverty to Power’. This personal reflection is not intended as a comprehensive statement of Oxfam's agreed policies.

Links I Liked, Christmas Edition

A few seasonal links before I head off for a Christmas break. See you in 2019, when we’ll find out if the only way is up…. If Jesus was born in 2018…. Africa’s must-read books of 2018 Some global governance has been going on, despite everything: Briefings on the new global migration pact and the…

By Duncan Green December 21, 2018 0

Book Review: New Power: How it’s Changing the 21st Century and Why you need to Know

Here’s my recommendation for a last minute panic Christmas pressie for your activist friends. You’re welcome As befits a grumpy old technophobe, I have long been sceptical of the hype around online activism. I’ve cited Malcolm Gladwell’s bah humbug piece on the Arab Spring ‘why the revolution will not be tweeted’ as pretty much summing…

By Duncan Green December 20, 2018 2

Why do stable Political Party systems suddenly collapse? Some intriguing insights from Bolivia: Podcast (20m) and blogpost

A new paper by my LSE colleague Jean-Paul Faguet caught my eye, not least because of the timing. It’s a reflection on the causes of the rapid collapse of previously stable political party systems, based on the experience of Bolivia. Impressive timing – we met and recorded this podcast just as Theresa May and Emmanual…

By Duncan Green December 18, 2018 1