Queen’s Speech 2016: triumph of realism?

, 19 May 2016

Every political event is now interpreted through the lens of the European Union (EU) referendum, and yesterday’s speech laid bare the rifts that exist in the Conservative Party over the referendum. Indeed, coverage today is focused less on the substance of the speech, and more on deepening divisions in the Government. But that is...

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Getting their Acts together? Legislation in the 2015-16 Parliament

, 17 May 2016

Last year’s Queen’s Speech contained more bills than any since 2007. There were around 26 bills in last year’s Queen’s Speech, which announces the legislative agenda for the parliamentary session ahead. According to the House of Commons Library, 13 of those bills have become law, and the proposed bill on Northern Ireland eventually became...

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The social investment approach to public spending in New Zealand: looking to the long term

, 17 May 2016

Social investment is an attempt to address the economic costs of New Zealand’s “20 to 30 year exposure to social dysfunction,” as part of the New Zealand Government’s long-term approach to fiscal control. Rather than simply cutting departmental budgets to reach short-term fiscal targets, the intention is to take spending decisions informed by a...

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Regression analysis: the pipeline of women leaders in Whitehall is badly blocked

, 11 May 2016

Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, has declared his commitment to diversity. He has appointed a high-level group of diversity advisers, and commissioned a report on the blockages in the pipeline of female talent. And he has explicit objectives on promoting diversity at senior levels in his personal objectives....

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Congratulations Mayor Khan – now it’s time to start governing

, 9 May 2016

As we’ve noted previously, the skills politicians need to govern effectively are very different to those needed on the campaign trail. Khan, who has the experience of being Communities Minister and then Transport Minister in Gordon Brown’s government to draw from, has pledged to tackle London’s housing crisis, freeze transport fares and develop the London...

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Crime fiction: policy won’t work if it’s based on myth not reality

, 5 May 2016

A mass redeployment of policing resources to Oxford or Midsomer – two murder hotspots, if you believe what you watch on TV – would strike most people as absurd. But, as IfG Senior Fellow Tom Gash argues, many pet criminal justice policies are based on less obvious but also highly misleading assumptions. Sensible crime...

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