Posts tagged with ‘ Policy-making ’

Beware the consensus rabbit

, 25 March 2014

Last Wednesday morning the twittersphere was awash with early sightings of the Easter bunny – aka George Osborne’s budget rabbit. The Treasury had helpfully “predicted a surprise” (that’s not a prediction – they had already printed the press notices and the Red Book), and “action for savers” was repeatedly trailed in between the welter...

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Professionalising policy

, 4 October 2013

In our 2011 report, Making Policy Better we noted that change would only happen if “there was clear ownership within departments for the integrity and health of the policy making system”; that “the doctrine of ministerial responsibility makes it too easy for the Civil Service to avoid taking responsibility for the quality of individual...

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Am I a little bit pregnant? Why language matters in policy making

, 16 May 2013

However, before that work gets underway, I wanted to focus on one of the themes from the first meeting of Connecting Policy and Practice programme – that of policy becoming increasingly underpinned by economic and business models. Language matters My course-mate, Pat Russell correctly reminded me that there are ten* types of people •...

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“Tsars” in their eyes

, 12 November 2012

Since 1997, governments have asked over 250 outsiders to help them solve policy problems or act as envoys or advocates on behalf of government on a particular issue.  Solesbury and Levitt call these “tsars” and their new report shows how governments have been making it up as they go along. For Solesbury and Levitt...

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Policy post-mortem: understanding what went wrong with the health and social care act

, 12 July 2012

Nicholas Timmins’s report, Never Again? aims at explaining how the coalition, which had promised an end to top down reorganisations of the NHS managed to end up presiding over the biggest reorganisation since it was founded; and in doing so lost the Conservatives the credibility David Cameron had so painstakingly sought to build up...

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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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Feed-in frenzy

, 4 November 2011

In 2009 the last government introduced “feed-in tariffs” – based on a German model – to boost domestic uptake of solar PV. They were quite controversial from the start – with passionate support from the green lobby but some dissenters – even Guardian columnist George Monbiot who pointed out last year that the very...

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Science lessons

, 5 September 2011

When Galileo first turned his telescope on Saturn he sent his scientific rivals information on his new discovery in the form of an anagram.  That was the dissemination norm in the seventeenth century – it enabled the discoverer to lay claim to the new finding – without letting rivals in too soon.  Scientists were...

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Sticky red tape?

, 24 August 2011

The Red Tape Challenge is in full swing. The Government is asking the public to come up with ideas for repeal or reform in areas as varied as Sunday Trading, consumer products, health and safety, road safety and equalities legislation. The website starts off with a defence of the importance of good regulation and...

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The Dhoni example

, 1 August 2011

India had taken a day’s battering in the field. They had already lost their strike bowler with a pulled hamstring.  Their status as the No.1 test nation is hanging in the balance (amazingly England could overtake them). So as Ian Bell “stupidly” (his words, not mine) decided to rush off for tea on 137...

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