Archive for Jonathan McClory

Jonathan's work at the Institute for Government has focused on governance arrangements in Whitehall departments, the role of special advisers, and strategic reform of central government. His current research includes transformational change in the civil service and incorporating soft power into public diplomacy and foreign policy strategies. More about Jonathan

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Can Big Society Capital succeed?

, 4 April 2013

While the term ‘Big Society’ has faded from political debate, its well-heeled namesake, Big Society Capital, lives on as the last scion of the brand. As a result, there is a great deal riding on its success. It was hoped that Big Society Capital could serve as a catalyst for the nascent social investment...

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Why special advisers are more than cabinet apprentices

, 27 May 2011

In the foreword of The Challenge of Being a Minister, the Institute for Government’s Director Andrew Adonis perhaps goes against the grain of the perceived commentariat wisdom. He argues that his own stint as a special adviser – which he compares to an apprenticeship – meant he was much better prepared to face the...

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Preserving Britain’s influence will require more than a redeployment of its diplomats

, 13 May 2011

On Wednesday, the Foreign Secretary William Hague gave a statement to the House of Commons on the future of Britain’s diplomatic network.

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Special advisers: the great cull or stealthy rise?

, 13 April 2011

Special advisers, or SpAds as they are not-so-affectionately known, seldom get good press. Gordon Brown vowed to trim their wings when he moved into No. 10, and the Conservatives’ hostility to SpAds was well established in the run up to the 2010 general election.

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Why Britain’s global role stands at a precarious juncture

, 7 December 2010

Coined 20 years ago by Harvard academic Joseph Nye, soft power has become an increasingly ubiquitous term. Simply put, it is the ability of a state to achieve a desired outcome through the leveraging of legitimacy – or better still, attraction.

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Will ‘new style’ departmental boards kill or cure?

, 10 November 2010

Just over a month ago, non-executive directors (NEDs) from across government – from the smallest arm’s length bodies to Whitehall’s biggest departments – met at the Better Governance, Fewer Resources conference.

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