Continuity of ministers in the new government: staying (in) power?

, 16 June 2015

In addition to No 10, 12 out of 19 departments are headed by the same minister. Despite the loss of Liberal Democrat ministers, around two-thirds of secretaries of state have retained their pre-election role, with 12 out of 19 Whitehall departments still being run by the same secretary of state as before the election....

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Purdah and the role of the Civil Service in an EU referendum

, 16 June 2015

The government proposal not to apply restrictions on government activity in the campaign period before the EU referendum has been met with vociferous complaints. One side argues that no purdah restrictions would allow the use of government resources and public money in a way that would unfairly benefit the side which the Government sought...

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Cabinet Committees, sub-Committees and taskforces

, 12 June 2015

Cabinet Committees are a window into the power structure and priorities of government. In this Parliament, David Cameron has also created new implementation taskforces to monitor and deliver the Government’s cross-cutting priorities. Dan Devine and Jill Rutter take a look at the new committees and what they tell us about the personalities and priorities...

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Chair and chair alike: Commons select committee chairs, in five charts

, 12 June 2015

On 17 June, MPs will elect the chairs of many House of Commons select committees, the increasingly high-profile bodies which scrutinise government departments. Gavin Freeguard and Hannah White, look at who has chaired them over the last three parliaments and what happens next.

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The cyber security race: governments must run faster just to keep pace

, 11 June 2015

“We have known for a long time that there are significant vulnerabilities, and that these vulnerabilities are going to accelerate as time goes by, both in systems within government and within the private sector.” This was the message from President Obama, speaking on 8 June at the Group of Seven summit meeting in Germany....

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Select committees under scrutiny

, 9 June 2015

Boosted by the introduction of elections for committee chairs, committees have been experimenting with new ways of conducting inquiries. But too frequently committees focus on completing tasks and delivering outputs – like reports – rather than on making an impact and delivering the outcomes they would like to see – like more effective government...

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