Evidence-free policy making is on the move. This is a particular challenge for the relationship between scientists and policymakers. A workshop with a high-ranked panel of scientists in Budapest engaged in policy advice and policy-making was debating this in the face of the ongoing discussion about the future of the Central European University (CEU).
Economics and Development
In a public lecture at CEU’s School of Public Policy on May 11, George Soros Visiting Practitioner Chair Aruna Roy spoke passionately about a particularly “relevant and timely” topic: the growing restraints that even democratically elected governments in many countries are imposing on dissent these days. Although she focused her remarks on the situation in India, she noted that this was “a malaise that has spread internationally.”
Nearly 800 million people are chronically undernourished – despite the fact that we currently produce twice as much food as we need to feed the world’s population. The problem, according to George Soros Visiting Chair Carmen Gonzalez, is one of distribution and waste, not production. During a public lecture at the CEU School of Public Policy on April 26, Gonzalez explored “the three crises” related to food and agriculture: food security, agro-biodiversity, and climate change.
There is a widespread belief that as countries develop economically, they are more likely to become – or to remain – democratic. Recent events in, for example Russia and Turkey, however, suggest that the link between economic development and democratization may not be as strong as once expected.
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