Supporting politicians to lead in government

, 2 July 2015

Being a politician is hard work, but becoming a minister and getting to grips with Whitehall is a whole other challenge. Yet there is remarkably little support and advice in place to help them manage this transition. Nehal Davison shares some insights from a new Institute for Government report that outlines what works when it...

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A bumpy road ahead for fracking – infrastructure policy will struggle without the right institutions to support it

, 1 July 2015

A flagship policy of this government is the promotion of fracking – exploiting shale oil and gas through hydraulic fracturing. In 2014, David Cameron said that the Government was going ‘all out for shale’ as he announced tax incentives for councils that approved fracking in their area.

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The Government should give a realistic commitment to Agile

, 30 June 2015

The new Minister for the Civil Service, Matt Hancock, has said that the civil service should become more “agile”. He’s right, says Daniel Thornton – but it’s not quite that easy

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Are we about to see an era of experimental government?

, 25 June 2015

Tuesday saw the What Works Team in the Cabinet Office launch the government’s Trial Advice Panel – a free service developed in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council that offers Whitehall departments technical support in designing and implementing controlled experiments. This innovation owes much to the work of the Behavioural Insights Team...

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Cutting the onshore wind subsidy: four things to consider

, 22 June 2015

Voters tell us that they like politicians to live up to their manifesto promises. But by moving rapidly to deliver on the Conservative manifesto commitments on onshore wind, new Energy and Climate Secretary Amber Rudd shows why private sector infrastructure providers may be reluctant to invest in the UK, and why the...

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We didn’t start the FOIA: Freedom of information requests in the final quarter of the Coalition

, 19 June 2015

Joe Randall looks at the quarterly data on freedom of information requests – released yesterday – and assesses how government departments and other public bodies are doing.

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