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Michaelmas Term 2020: Protect our community. Protect the vulnerable. Protect yourself

All staff and students are being asked to look after themselves and others as the University returns for Michaelmas term. A range of guidance has been developed, reminding us of our personal and collective responsibility for keeping the University and local community safe. In particular, you are asked to:

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The Oxford University Politics Blog

Is The Charter Cities Moment Here?

In 2009, Nobel Prize laureate and former Chief Economist of the World Bank Paul Romer proposed the concept of ‘charter cities.’ In contrast to special economic zones, charter cities were envisaged as quasi-sovereign units located within existing states which were to be maintained by a foreign guarantor nation or nations. This arrangement would not merely construct a separate economic framework...