Priorities for reforming arm’s-length government in the UK
4th March 2015
When the Coalition came to power in 2010, it outlined a series of measures to reform arm’s-length government in the UK, popularly characterised as another “bonfire of the quangos”.
The creation of a delivery unit by Haringey Council, London: a case study
Zina Etheridge, Peter Thomas
26th February 2015
This InsideOUT report examines how a delivery unit modelled on the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit (PMDU) was set up by Haringey Council in north London.
How the four governments of the UK co-operate, negotiate and compete
19th February 2015
Our major study of devolution in the UK has focused on how to provide effective government in the context of an increasingly complex and fluid constitutional settlement.
Dr Catherine Haddon
11th February 2015
This short paper sets out the general guidance on government and civil service activity in the 2015 election period, highlighting some little-known aspects of the conventions, and outlines the process of establishing a government in the event of a hung parliament.
A review of the academic literature
10th February 2015
This paper presents a review of political economy studies focused on the quality of governance and, in particular, on the institutions that mould the policymaking process, influencing the risk of sub-optimal policy outcomes.
Harsh lessons for the smaller coalition party about how to be seen and heard in government
2nd February 2015
This InsideOut paper from Nick Harvey, who served as a defence minister for most of the first half of the parliament, provides valuable analysis of the working of the coalition since its formation in May 2010 as well as thoughts on how his party should approach any future coalition.
23rd January 2015
Ministers and officials regularly invoke the phrase ‘learning the lessons from history’ without appreciating what it actually means.
22nd January 2015
This briefing note looks at what we mean by scrutiny of government and where parliamentary scrutiny fits within the wider landscape.
15th January 2015
Big policy announcements tend to dominate election campaigns. Details on how they are to be implemented do not.