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.
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.
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.
The Political Economy of Housing in England
Published: 24th October 2014
This paper examines the problem of housing affordability. It presents new empirical evidence which suggests the risk of distortions in the planning system in favour of homeowners is real and economically significant.
How to make central government units work
Published: 14th October 2014
In our report, The Special Ones, we draw on the experiences of those who have run and worked in special units to distil seven pieces of advice on how to make a special unit work.
Published: 22nd September 2014
Policy implementation failures attract international headlines and undermine the credibility of political administrations.