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Tavistock Times April 2017

Another vibrant term at the School of Public Policy has passed, giving us a great mixture of events and news; public talks, seminars, student-led events from our societies or career events, this term had a lot to offer.

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Podcast: 'The Just Riot?' with Avia Pasternak 

Philosophers have justified wars - so why not justify the much lower level violence of a riot? If people have a just cause, why should they not retaliate against public property? Perhaps a racial minority has suffered violent discrimination - a riot might be the most viable way to draw attention to their plight. Avia Pasternak argues that a riot can be "proportional" and that we should judge riotors in the light of their cause.

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How do we know if we are 'doing development differently'? 

On 17 November 2016, ODI, in collaboration with the Building State Capability program at Harvard University, convened a private workshop bringing together a number of actors from academia, civil society, and donors, to look at how the adaptive development agenda has been put into practice throughout the world. In this video, workshop participants attempted to draw out some lessons learnt, and chart a way forward for both actors already working in this space, and for actors new to and interested in how to do development differently.

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January 2017 Newsletter

The first term of this academic year is now over and it has been another important term for our Department, as we have welcomed more than 450 students for our Master programmes and our second cohort for our BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

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The Democratic Duty to Oppose Brexit

Text of a lecture delivered to the Policy and Practice Seminar, School of Public Policy, University College London, by Albert Weale, Emeritus Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy, on Thursday 8 December 2016. This text may be reproduced in whole or in part provided the source is acknowledged.

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Behavioral Insights Team (BIT) PhD Scholarships 

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is funding two PhD scholarships, which are held at the School of Public Policy at UCL.  The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), commonly known as ‘the nudge unit’, is a social purpose company jointly owned by the UK Government, Nesta, and its employees. BIT started as a unit in the Cabinet Office, charged with providing behavioural insights into public policy.  The team has tested many innovations in public services, such overdue tax reminders, welfare services, and educational attainment just to name a few. 

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