27th November 2012
This paper traces the history of quasi-markets in UK secondary education, assesses how closely the current system resembles a fully-formed quasi-market and offers some reflections the way in which policy in this areas has developed over time.
Lessons from New Zealand and Australia
21st November 2012
As the UK government moves forward with its plans to reform civil service accountability, this paper discusses how the Australian and New Zealand governments have approached this issue over the past two decades to inform the debate about reform in the UK.
16th November 2012
This paper traces the history of choice and competition in the further education sector, assesses what we currently know about its impact and draws out some lessons for those seeking to introduce market mechanisms in public services.
14th November 2012
This paper traces the history of competition in the prisons sector, assesses what we currently know about its impact and draws out some lessons for those seeking to introduce greater competition in public services.
13th November 2012
This submission to the Public Administration Select Committee draws on the Institute for Government's work on civil service reform, transformation in departments and related issues.
7th November 2012
Two years on from the 2010 Spending Review, this report is the first to look at how departments across Whitehall have coped with cuts and downsizing. Building on the Institute’s existing work on transformation and change, the report sets out the emerging lessons on leading change successfully and the challenges that lie ahead with further rounds of cuts.
11th October 2012
This research paper builds on our knowledge and expertise from working with special advisers and ministers. With it we seek to improve understanding of their contribution to a secretary of state’s effectiveness and how their roles have developed. In particular, we explore the impact of support, management and operating environments on an adviser's ability to perform effectively.
Ministers and their special advisers
11th October 2012
This guide provides advice for ministers on the managing their special advisers, and tips for special advisers on handling their role and relationships.
A problem of supply or demand?
28th September 2012
This report summarises the outputs from a series of seminars held at the Institute in 2012, organised in collaboration with the Alliance for Useful Evidence and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.