High quality of the public sector is key for the welfare of economies and societies alike. It is essential for a well-functioning State and serves as an effective preventive measure against both national and international conflicts.
This summer academy starts out by introducing core concepts of modern State structures (such as separation of powers, administrative transparency, accountability or participation) and international relations. It discusses the manifold challenges of today’s policy makers who are required to tackle problems in an ever more interdisciplinary way: Interdependent social, economic, and environmental implications need to be taken into account for most of their decisions. In addition to this multi-dimensional nature, policies have also to be coordinated on the international stage. During this summer academy, a particular emphasis is placed on policy questions concerning modern technologies such as information security, including cyber security, artificial intelligence or energy supply. Current global challenges, such as global growth, climate change or international terrorism, are highlighted under the perspective of policy. To complement the course program, an introduction to negotiation theories, negotiation engineering and decision making will be given, which can be put to use during a workshop of simulation of international negotiations.
The summer academies in Magliaso will be editorially accompanied by reatch. The editors are students of the Swiss Study Foundation who are active in different work groups of reatch. The aim of this collaboration with reatch is to facilitate an exchange between the four academies and to bring an additional benefit for the participants and the public. A journal in form of an internal blog will enable participants to get informed about the other academies and to share ideas as well as discussions. After completion of the academies, reatch is planning to put the contents of the academies into publishable results such as a report, blog-entries etc. and thus to render them accessible to a broader public
Course formats are classical lectures, special lectures by distinguished invited speakers, group work, presentations of assignments, negotiation simulations, and excursions.
Organizers and Lecturers:
Prof. Dr. Michael Ambühl, ETH Zurich
Dr. Philip Grech, ETH Zurich
Dr. Sibylle Zürcher, ETH Zurich
Prof. Dr. Ernst Hafen, ETH Zurich
Dr. Daniel Stauffacher, Ambassador of Switzerland
Prof. em. Dr. Daniel Thürer, Universität Zürich
Prof. Dr. Selin Senocak, Centre d’Etudes Diplomatique et Strategiques
Open to students from all fields of study with a pronounced interest in questions of public governance and technology policy
Saturday, 3rd September 2016 (arrival) to Saturday, 10th September 2016 (departure)
Acemoglu Daron, Robinson James A.: Why nations fail: the origins of power, prosperity, and poverty, New York: Crown 2012.
Acemoglu Daron, Robinson James A.: The Role of Institutions in Growth and Development, Working Paper No. 10, Commission on Growth and Development, The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank.
Florini Ann, Sovacool Benjamin K., Who governs energy? The challenges facing global energy governance, Energy Policy, 2009.
Hegre Havard, Nygard Havard Mokleiv, Governance and Conflict Relaps, p. 1-33 in Journal of Conflict Resolution 2014.
Murray, Richard, Indicators for Good Governance – OECD (undated powerpoint presentation). URL: www.oecd.org/site/worldforum/33917054.ppt
OECD, Recommendation on Digital Government Strategies, 2014. URL: http://www.oecd.org/gov/public-innovation/recommendation-on-digital-government-strategies.htm
OECD, Government at a Glance, 2015. URL: http://www.oecd.org/gov/govataglance.htm
Raiffa, Howard, Negotiation Analysis – The Science of Collaborative Decision Making: Chapters 2-4. Belknap press of Harvard University press, 2002.
Tikk, Eneken, Evolution of the Cyber Domain: The Implications for National and Global Security.
World Economic Forum: Chapter 1.2 Drivers of Long-Run Prosperity: Laying the Foundations of an Updated Global Competitiveness Index, in: The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016. URL: http://reports.weforum.org/global-competitiveness-report-2015-2016/
A reader will be be distributed in due time before the beginning of the summer academy
Centro Evangelico, Magliaso (TI)