Published: 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
Published: 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.
Authors: Miguel Coelho, Vigyan Ratnoo, Sebastian Dellepiane
Harsh lessons for the smaller coalition party about how to be seen and heard in government
Published: 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...
Authors: Nick Harvey
Published: 23rd January 2015
Ministers and officials regularly invoke the phrase ‘learning the lessons from history’ without appreciating what it actually means. Understanding what history is, how it can help, is an important part of making good policy decisions.
Authors: Dr Catherine Haddon, Dr Joe Devanny, Professor Charles Forsdick, Professor Andrew Thompson
Published: 22nd January 2015
This briefing note looks at what we mean by scrutiny of government and where parliamentary scrutiny fits within the wider landscape.
Published: 15th January 2015
Big policy announcements tend to dominate election campaigns. Details on how they are to be implemented do not.
Published: 16th December 2014
This paper reviews the accumulating evidence of problems in the way the UK makes strategic infrastructure decisions.
Published: 2nd December 2014
This report by Giles Wilkes, former special adviser to Vince Cable, analyses the policymaking role of a departmental special adviser.
Authors: Giles Wilkes
A data-driven analysis of the size, shape and performance of Whitehall
Published: 18th November 2014
The Whitehall Monitor 2014 aims to chart government – using data to analyse the size, shape and performance of Whitehall and present it in an understandable, compelling and useful way.
National security at the centre of government
Published: 4th November 2014
The National Security Council (NSC) was one of the coalition government’s first creations in May 2010.


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