No need to be scared of minority government; just think positive

, 19 March 2015

The UK has just about got used to the idea of coalition – but this unpredictable election may make even a formal coalition non-viable. Catherine Haddon hears veterans of minority government argue the case for this much-maligned alternative.

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Might Cameron shut Parliament early?

, 17 March 2015

As the first fixed-term parliament draws to a close, Hannah White asks whether the Prime Minister might exercise the small degree of discretion left to him by the Fixed-Term Parliament Act and call an early halt to business in Parliament

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Mayors at a gallop: the national influence of local leaders

, 17 March 2015

Elected in 2011 and 2012 respectively, George Ferguson (Bristol) and Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester) have been working hard to show what mayors can do for our cities. At a recent event hosted at the Institute for Government, Tom Gash heard them raise two questions that any government after May 2015 will have to answer....

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Raging against the machine: how prime ministers can deal with the frustration of not getting things done

, 13 March 2015

In an interview with the FT today, David Cameron complains about the “buggeration factor” of trying to “force policy through the system, with its consultations and reviews”. Earlier in the week, Lord Falconer set out Labour’s plans to avoid such frustration, if it wins office, by creating more powerful support around the PM. Both...

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Second time around? Lessons for another coalition

, 12 March 2015

What are the prospects of a second coalition? At an Institute for Government event on Tuesday, the panellists were in agreement: brokering agreement would be much tougher this time round. The markets' demand for political stability – a key factor in the 2010 talks –is less pressing now, and backbenchers and party members are...

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Good data, good policy?

, 11 March 2015

On Saturday 7 March, Radical Statistics held their annual conference on the subject, ‘Good Data, Good Policy?’ Gavin Freeguard was asked what could be done to improve the current situation – he gives a summary of his contribution below.

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