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Oxford University professor quits over Trump backer

A leading political academic has resigned from his Oxford University post after he claimed that one of the university’s main patrons is also one of Donald Trump’s biggest financial backers, write Matthew Weaver and Helena Bengtsson for the Guardian.

Bo Rothstein was a professor of government and public policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, named after the Ukrainian-born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, who gave the university £75 million (US$97 million) to set up the school. Rothstein said he resigned after concluding that Blavatnik had given a substantial donation to Trump’s inauguration, which he called “incomprehensible and irresponsible”.

In his resignation letter, Rothstein said: “President Trump stands for a system of governing that is completely contrary to what I have come to define as ‘quality of government’.” He said his own research had found that “quality of government” was crucial for improving human well-being.
Full report on the Guardian site
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