Archive for August, 2010

Just how Big is the Big Society?

, 26 August 2010

Niels Bohr, the Danish physicist reportedly said that “anyone who isn’t shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.” And so it is with the Big Society.

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Reflections on the Institute for Government’s first two years

, 19 August 2010

When I first heard of the plans to set up a new Institute for Government, I did wonder whether we needed another Think Tank or National School of Government. The answer of course is that we don’t, but that there was and still is a niche for something different.

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Closing quangos: lessons from Ofcom and the Hearing Aid Council

, 19 August 2010

The latest government cull of Arm’s length bodies (ALBs)  may be different in scale and speed from anything we have seen in the recent past – but there are many useful lessons out there on how to navigate through the minefield.  In particular it pays to learn from those who have already been through...

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Friends, Romans and Coalition Partners

, 16 August 2010

Since 5 May pundits have had a field day arguing about whether coalition government can work and the life chances of the current coalition. Reading some commentators, it is almost as though we are now in a brave new world with little precedent.

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Why fairness matters when the cuts begin to bite

, 11 August 2010

The Institute set out its views on fiscal consolidation, alongside the IFS, in a briefing shortly after the election.  A vital element, based on the experience of countries like Canada and Sweden, is securing a public mandate.

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