03 December 2010

The Institute's survey of the 'most successful' policies of the last 30 years shows that leadership and timing are crucial – but also demonstrates to politicians that they should bury dead policies whose time has passed.

02 December 2010

Much of the time we wallow in policy failures - but there are lessons to be learnt from when policies work as well.

30 November 2010

The formation of the Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition now looks inevitable, as decisive political events often do in restrospect.

26 November 2010

The Prime Minister’s announcement that the Office for National Statistics is to start measuring wellbeing will only be of academic interest unless it affects the way policy is made.

23 November 2010

Margaret Thatcher resigned 20 years ago this week. The release of files from her first year in office gives insight into her and her Cabinet, and offers some lessons for the current government's reform agenda.

19 November 2010

The government is injecting stronger private sector expertise into departments. Will this answer ministers' questions about how effectively government operates?

18 November 2010

Nick Clegg describes responsibility without power as "the curse of the decentralising Minister". Ministers will have to think hard about their own accountability to Parliament and how to respond to failure if they are not to fall foul of the curse.

17 November 2010

Let's not let a romantic view of mutuals mask the tough choices this agenda demands.

16 November 2010

The news of the demise of the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit does not come as a shock - but it does risk leaving a hole at the heart of government which may be felt in years to come.

10 November 2010

Government reforms to departmental boards are bold. With Secretaries of State now as Chairs, the dynamics of how they operate will inevitably change. The big question is – will this be the cure for the problem?

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