Governing in an ever-looser union

, 23 February 2015

Governing is increasingly difficult in our ever-looser union. But there are ways to make it easier.

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Plenty of food for thought – but choose carefully from the menu

, 13 February 2015

The new think tank GovernUp has published six papers on reforming government. Julian McCrae reflects on some of the ideas.

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Guest blog: Get off the ring-fence

, 10 February 2015

Emran Mian, Director of the Social Market Foundation, argues that declaring budget ring-fences one by one is no way to plan for cuts in the next parliament.

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A harder bargain: Nick Harvey MP urges his Lib Dem colleagues to play hardball in any future coalition talks

, 6 February 2015

Being a Liberal Democrat minister in a Conservative-led department was like being ‘parachuted in behind enemy lines, with no line of communication open to base camp,’ Nick Harvey MP told an audience at the Institute for Government this week. In the event of another hung parliament, he argued, his party should demand greater influence...

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Captain overboard: Can Tony Abbott survive flawed judgement calls?

, 6 February 2015

British audiences love Aussie soaps. And a classic one is playing out down under right now as Prime Minister Tony Abbott attempts to fend off a leadership challenge triggered by the impact of some disastrous ‘captain’s calls’ which underline the importance of getting prime ministerial style right.

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Public trust in public servants – in six graphs

, 5 February 2015

Some recent surveys have revisited public trust in government. Edelman’s trust barometer, for example, shows trust in government has increased since the financial crisis, and is higher than the media and lower than in business and NGOs. But what about trust in the Civil Service? Gavin Freeguard investigates.

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