Whitehall in Year Five of the UK Coalition: Lessons from Elsewhere
Published: 4th April 2014
This paper explores the ‘separate space’ system that was set up to enable all major parties to access civil service policy support during the final six months of the last Scottish coalition, up until 2007.
Lessons from Personal Experience
Published: 28th March 2014
This report by Nick Hillman, former special adviser to David Willetts, attempts to explain the job of a departmental special adviser.
Authors: Nick Hillman
Patterns of success in UK civil service reform
Published: 26th March 2014
Why do some civil service reforms take off, while others limp on or tail off? What factors contribute to success – leadership, governance or collaboration? In this report, we aim to expose the alchemy of successful civil service reform. We analyse four past reforms considered as...
Published: 26th March 2014
The Civil Service has a crucial role in determining whether or not the next government will be set on the path to success or failure. Since 2010, it has delivered unprecedented reforms to public services and deep spending cuts to departmental budgets.
The challenges of departmental reform in Whitehall
Published: 26th March 2014
This report considers the challenges leaders have faced while implementing change in Whitehall and outlines the approaches to overcoming them. It is based on in-depth evaluations of a core group of departments and a series of interviews across Whitehall.
Authors: Jonathan Pearson, James Page
Whitehall in Year Five of the UK Coalition: Lessons from Elsewhere
Published: 19th March 2014
This report examines two systems that enable political parties in Australia to have policy plans independently assessed and costed. These systems help governing and non-government parties access necessary expertise to test and improve policy ideas, particularly in the pre-...
Whitehall in Year Five of the UK Coalition: Lessons from Elsewhere
Published: 19th March 2014
Coalition government has become the norm in Ireland. This means that in the run-up to an election there can be a large number of parties with a chance of holding power when the new government is formed.
The Demise of the Audit Commission and Other Improvement Agencies
Published: 11th March 2014
This report provides three short studies of the fate of three very different improvement agencies – the Audit Commission, the National Policing Improvement Agency and the NHS Modernisation Agency.
InsideOut: A series of personal perspectives on government
Published: 13th February 2014
As the British state is reshaped in an era of public austerity this paper offers a basis for securing the public’s trust in the competence of public institutions and their confidence in the legitimacy of those who lead them.
Lessons from 30 years of attempting to devolve political power in the UK
Published: 30th January 2014
Drawing on a detailed analysis of seven past reforms, this report identifies 10 obstacles to decentralisation.
Authors: Tom Gash, Joe Randall, Sam Sims


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