New models of governance and public services

Localism, decentralisation, market making and ICT

Decentralisation power plays

, 22 October 2014

Everyone wants a piece of the decentralisation cake - but there are too many cooks and disagreements about who is head chef.

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How to devolve power – ideas from the Labour Party Conference

, 26 September 2014

Party conference season is upon us. As the last conferences before next May’s general election, they are particularly important this year. Not only do parties need to galvanise their support base, but it’s also time for them to start promoting their 2015 policy pledges.

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The new English question?

, 16 September 2014

The prospect of further devolution to Scotland and the home nations makes decentralisation in England more likely – but far from certain.

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Bringing a post – and a policy – into disrepute

, 29 August 2014

The last thing the advocates of Police and Crime Commissioners needed was the unedifying prospect of Shaun Wright grimly hanging on to his position as PCC for South Yorkshire in the wake of the Rotherham scandal, being disowned by his own party and denounced by the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister.

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Building a ‘northern powerhouse’: it may(or may not) work

, 24 June 2014

George Osborne has set out his vision for the future of Britain’s northern cities, proposing new mayors with Boris Johnson-style powers. This is a positive development, but has he considered barriers to decentralisation that we’ve recently identified?

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School of hard knocks: is Ofsted’s survival under threat?

, 12 June 2014

The dust is slowly settling after reports from the Department of Education and Ofsted this week identified significant failings in a number of Birmingham’s schools. The degree to which these schools ‘failed to promote British values’ and whether doing so breached regulatory requirements is still not entirely clear. But the media frenzy and...

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Public bodies looking to the future

, 9 May 2014

First, a warning from Sir Bob Kerslake – keep focused on delivering for the current government rather than simply prepare for the next. In 2009 many quangos did themselves no favours by too obviously courting potential new ministers. Our new report on pre-election contacts recommends that permanent secretaries work out how to include their...

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New markets, old problems: increasing diversity and quality of supply in public services

, 29 April 2014

Last week, the Public Accounts Committee criticised the Government for ‘poor planning and bad management’ following changes to asylum seeker accommodation contracts in March 2012. Three providers – G4S, Serco and Clearel – took over the contracts from social landlords, including councils. The intention was to increase competition between them and make savings of...

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Is it time to call time on social impact bonds?

, 17 April 2014

Is too much energy being expended on social impact bonds? This was a question posed by a contributor to a recent roundtable we held as part of our Connecting Policy with Practice: People Powered Change programme.

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Does the ‘troubled families’ agenda demonstrate joined-up government?

, 17 April 2014

What does joined-up government actually mean? A common theme of our work at the Institute is that government doesn’t always ‘join-up’ as well as it might. Think of how it typically goes about setting budgets and saving money – it’s usually done on a department by department basis, with ministers making trade-offs and deals...

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