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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS

Author:

Ivjyot Singh Oberoi

London school of Economics and Political Science, GB
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Abstract

Dear Reader, 2021 was a year of seeming contradictions, characterised by fear and uncertainty, as well as optimism and hope. Governments rolled out campaigns in record speed to vaccinate the world, albeit in highly unequal measures. We saw the rise of new variants, witnessed challenges to the principles of democracy, and reckoned with the fate of our climate. However, 2021 also brought a new sense of camaraderie. Communities united to help neighbours in need. Justice was upheld in courts around the world. Citizens and youth fiercely and intentionally engaged with their political institutions, as discourse on the future of our shared world took centre stage. The 10th anniversary of the PSJ, marked by the publication of this edition, is an occasion to reflect back on the past decade. There has been a concerning rise in inequality, an alarming increase in climate- related disasters, and a disconcerting proliferation of unregulated technologies, all of which continue to alter every aspect of human life. The pandemic has shown us clearly that in such a complex and rapidly changing policy environment, yesterday’s solutions maybe wholly inadequate to serve tomorrow’s needs. Against the backdrop of these challenges, this edition centres on the theme of ‘social impact’, critically evaluating new strategies through which the public, private and third sectors can collaborate and contribute to future-proof policymaking. In the spirit of the LSE’s School of Public Policy, the articles collected in this edition explore a myriad of policy issues, ranging from gender equality over trade, migration and environmental policy, to the preservation of cultural heritage. Ultimately, we believe that this issue provides an opportunity to look forward to the decade ahead, showcasing not only an urgency to act but also a vast array of possibilities to design innovative policies for the 21st century. This edition of the PSJ benefited from the knowledge and hard work of our fantastic team of editors from SPP. Each brought their unique professional and personal experiences with the editing process. This journal would not be possible without the School of Public Policy’s unwavering support, especially Paul Sullivan and Jemima Warren. Finally, we are also grateful for the Houghton St. Press and look forward to years of collaboration with this network of journals at the LSE as we continue to explore the role of policy in creating lasting impact. We hope that you enjoy reading this issue.
How to Cite: Oberoi, I.S., 2022. LETTER FROM THE EDITORS. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 10(1).
Published on 20 Apr 2022.
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