, 12 September 2014

The government has made much of ‘digital by default’. Now Parliament is getting in on the act with its new e-system for written questions. How might it make a difference?

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16 scenarios for governing after the referendum

, 11 September 2014

In this context, the Institute for Government publishes today a new scenarios analysis paper that looks at the effects and the implementation challenges of 16 distinct scenarios – 10 for Scotland, 4 for Wales and 2 for Northern Ireland – ranging from the status quo in each country, through various proposed systems for further...

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A Programme for Effective Government

, 10 September 2014

This will be a busy autumn for politics. Next week sees the crucial referendum on Scottish independence. All the parties are gearing up for party conference season and then preparing the campaign promises that they will put before the British people ahead of May’s general election. To win over hearts and minds, those promises...

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A response to Martin Donnelly’s speech on the Civil Service

, 9 September 2014

A response to Martin Donnelly's justification of the traditional policy role of the civil service.

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Turning on the TAP: will the government’s new diversity action plan deliver the wanted pipeline of female talent?

, 5 September 2014

“I would not want to join the culture. It’s really insidious and I have witnessed too many women fail. Women I have admired, women who have succeeded previously. All torn apart, all gone. It’s a hideous male macho culture at the top with favourites and deals in smoke filled rooms. It’s the first time...

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Every committee wants its say: Parliamentary scrutiny in the run up to the general election

, 3 September 2014

A relatively thin Queen’s speech last June had many speculating that a lacklustre “zombie parliament” lay in store for the 2014-2015 session. We thought it would be interesting to examine the data on select committee activity in the run up to the last general election to see whether the “zombie parliament” label is...

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