Parliament and the political process

The Prime Minister must ensure that he gets a chief executive at the centre

, 15 July 2014

The idea of appointing a full-time chief executive to lead the Civil Service is correct – provided the responsibilities and authority match the role. There are worrying signs in yesterday’s announcement that they will not, and we may have the second muddled reorganisation in three years.

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Government reshuffle 2014 – live-blog

, 15 July 2014

The latest data on the reshuffle from the Institute’s Whitehall Monitor team. Follow the conversation on twitter @instituteforgov, @GavinFreeguard, @caraghnimmo and #WhitehallMonitor.

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New blood for select committees

, 19 June 2014

The Commons select committee system has just received a further injection of new blood in the person of former GP, and Conservative back-bencher, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP. What does her election as the new Chair of the health select committee tell us about the way the system is changing?

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No means what? Proposals for further devolution after Scotland’s referendum

, 19 June 2014

As the independence referendum draws near, the three pro-Union parties have published a joint statement in support of further devolution in the event of a no vote on 18 September. This follows the publication of separate proposals by the three parties over recent months. The joint statement highlighted the areas of crossover between the...

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Job vacancy: Clerk of the House of Commons

, 5 June 2014

Should you apply? To help you decide, here’s a look at a few of the challenges you might face… 1. Negotiating the parliamentary fall-out of the end of coalition: Thanks to the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 it seems increasingly likely the Coalition will make it to the end of its full five- year term....

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Zombie Parliament? Some dead good legislation data

, 4 June 2014

There has been much talk lately of Parliament morphing into a so called ‘zombie Parliament’, devoid of legislative impetus and lacking in fresh law-making ideas. But is the narrative of a Government fast running out of legislative steam borne out by the data?

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The Chilcot inquiry critics should be careful what they wish for

, 2 June 2014

The response to last week’s agreement between the Chilcot inquiry and the Cabinet Office over the disclosure of material on the Iraq war has been one-sided and ill-informed.


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Engaging with engagement – part 1

, 21 May 2014

The Hansard Society’s Audit of Political Engagement is one of our most valuable sources on public attitudes towards politics. This year’s Audit, published at the end of April, is full of interesting findings, from 49% of people being certain to vote in a General Election tomorrow (up from 41% last year but still the...

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101 uses for a zombie Parliament

, 14 May 2014

There are complaints that we face a “thin” Queen’s speech and that the next Parliament will not have much legislating to do. Good. As the Good Law project has shown we have far too much bad legislation – and year five of the last government saw some really bad political gesture legislation.

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One Service, Two Guv’nors: How Whitehall serves the Coalition in the final year

, 6 May 2014

Today the UK’s first postwar coalition government enters its fifth year in office with every expectation of reaching the end of the fixed parliamentary term. This is an achievement in itself – there were many who doubted the Coalition’s viability and longevity at its inception. But how will the Coalition work in its final...

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