No burning platforms: do this election’s manifestos suggest parties are learning to love quangos?

, 29 April 2015

In the run-up to the 2010 election there was a clear consensus on the need to rein in the quango state. David Cameron had called it inefficient and unaccountable. Gordon Brown, as prime minister, published a white paper promising reform. And even the Lib Dems were sceptics. This year’s manifestos strike a different tone....

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The next government must take care over the constitution

, 29 April 2015

You will not find the constitution close to the top of any list of the most important issues of the 2015 election campaign. Yet all the main parties are committed to proposals that could reshape the UK’s system of government in significant ways. With little attention being paid to this area, there is a...

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Fighting FOIA with FOIA: freedom of information statistics for 2014

, 28 April 2015

The latest annual data not only tells us how many Freedom of Information requests departments received and how they dealt with them, but also the number of reviews and appeals to the Information Commissioner. Gavin Freeguard looks through the numbers.

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Churn, churn, churn? The movement of government ministers, 2010-15

, 28 April 2015

Two years ago, David Cameron was praised by the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee for the ‘comparable restraint’ he had shown in moving his ministers around. At the end of his first term as Prime Minister, what does his record on reshuffles look like? Emily Andrews looks back at the movement of...

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Quick fixes: party manifestos and the governance of infrastructure

, 27 April 2015

The party manifestos all tackle key aspects of infrastructure policy. Miguel Coelho assesses the potential impact of their proposals.

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Culture shock: the case of setting up the Competition and Markets Authority

, 24 April 2015

There are many challenges in setting up a new government agency. How do you ensure that the organisation is fit for purpose on day one? How do you rally staff behind its vision and mission if it has no history? If the new body is formed by two or more organisations merging, how do...

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