12 January 2012

All political parties now favour holding a referendum on Scottish independence, but disagree over the terms of this historic vote. What are the issues at stake?

03 January 2012

Our report on the 'S' factors looks at how some policies that actually work were made. The coalition government and the new leadership of the civil service might find it useful new year reading.

20 December 2011

The appointment of Sharon White as DG Public Services at the Treasury marks a notable breakthrough for women at HMT.

16 December 2011

If you thought Big Society ideas had disappeared, think again.

15 December 2011

The appointment of respected economist Andrew Dilnot to chair the UK Statistics Authority is an important landmark in parliamentary scrutiny of appointments to key quangos.

13 December 2011

Is there anything that conventional politics can learn from the Occupy movement and their general assemblies?

09 December 2011

The debate in England's major provincial cities over whether to have elected mayors - to be determined in referendums next May - is hotting up. At a debate in Bristol last week, support seemed widespread, although several concerns specific to Bristol were also raised.

09 December 2011

The continuing concern over the cost of the NHS IT system throws into sharp relief the crying need to adopt a radically-different approach to public procurement and service delivery.

08 December 2011

The government wants a new deal with cities but, they say, it must be a 'genuine transaction... with both parties willing to offer up and demand things in return.'

08 December 2011

This week saw the publication of the latest annual British Attitudes Survey. It showed that while three-quarters of people think the gap between rich and poor is too large, only a third of people think the answer is for government to redistribute more. Though attracting much attention, the survey builds on a trend that has been emerging for a decade.