Doing GOD?: Gus O’Donnell and better policy making

, 11 May 2012

The ten policy making commandments: 1. Thou shalt be clear about the outcomes that you want to achieve Agreed. Policy fundamental number one is to be clear about your objectives. 2. Thou shalt evaluate policy as objectively as possible Agreed. Fundamental no. 7. Evaluation important – but still an area of weakness when Gus...

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A legislative scorecard for the coalition government

, 10 May 2012

Yesterday, the Queen opened the second session of the current parliament. This follows the unusually long 2010-12 session that began after the May 2010 election; each session begins after the monarch’s speech and divides up the ‘parliament’ that lasts from one election to the next. The coalition government has been perceived as having front-loaded...

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1, where next? Relaunching the coalition government

, 8 May 2012

The government’s intention is clear: to turn a page on the difficulties of the past few months and recapture the political agenda from its opponents, including those within the governing parties. But government renewal, as a forthcoming Institute for Government report will argue, is a tough task made more complex still by the pressures...

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A spad for all seasons: the reality for special advisers

, 2 May 2012

Special advisers are subject to their own strict code of conduct and the ministerial code states clearly that ministers are responsible for the management and conduct of their spads and are also ‘accountable to the Prime Minister, Parliament and the public for their actions and decisions in respect of their special advisers.’ The lines...

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Guest blog: Services at risk of failure without Whitehall overhaul

, 1 May 2012

This was our conclusion in our report, ‘Change in government: an agenda for leadership’. We warned that unless the government can rapidly develop and implement a comprehensive plan for cross‐departmental reform in Whitehall, the government’s wider ambitions for public service reform, the Big Society, localism and decentralisation will fail. The open letter is right...

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What works in government – lessons from the other Washington

, 30 April 2012

As part of its investigation of a possible “What works in social policy” institute for the UK, the Cabinet Office invited Steve Aos, director of the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) to a roundtable at IFG last week. To many WSIPP is a blueprint for this type of body. It has been...

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