Delivering development: lessons from DFID’s implementation units

, 19 January 2016

Delivery units have become a truly global phenomenon. They now operate in over 20 jurisdictions, spanning six continents. And this trend shows no sign of letting up. In September 2015, New South Wales, Australia became the latest member of the club, while Canada’s newly-elected federal government is now looking to import the model. But,...

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Whitehall’s gender pay gap

, 18 January 2016

The Civil Service had a gender pay gap of around 13% in 2015, compared to 18% in 2007. The gender pay gap in the Civil Service as a whole is 12.8%, having decreased from 18% in 2007. For full-time employees, the earnings of a male civil servant are on average 9.8% higher than those...

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Devolution will make you happy

, 15 January 2016

A good constitution sets a framework within which government can operate effectively. The UK (England in particular) has been over-centralised, leading to poor performance in some areas of government. Devolution of power within England can therefore create a more balanced constitution that will provide better government and policy outcomes. In a nutshell, this was...

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Ministers reflect: on the role of joint ministers

, 14 January 2016

Joint ministers – ministers who are formally ‘shared’ between different departments or hold multiple positions – were an innovation of the New Labour years. There were five such ministers at the start of the Coalition Government in 2010 and the number has increased at every reshuffle since, now standing at 16. As the chart...

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UK scrutiny of the European Union – in five charts

, 14 January 2016

The main focus of most national parliaments – including the UK’s – is not on influencing the EU, but on holding their national government to account for its interactions with it. David Cameron would now like to give national parliaments the power to work together to raise a ‘red card’ vetoing EU legislative proposals...

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Collective cabinet responsibility and the EU referendum

, 13 January 2016

Having announced that ministers will be allowed to campaign against the government position on the EU, the Prime Minister this week set out guidelines for setting aside the tradition of collective responsibility. Collective cabinet responsibility is about maintaining cohesion, presenting a collective position to Parliament and, in theory, collective decision-making. There are two aspects:...

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