Francis Maude stepped down as Trade and Investment Minister last week after less than a year in post. His replacement is Mark Price, until recently the Managing Director of Waitrose. Nicola Hughes examines what advice our Ministers Reflect archive has to offer the new minister.
As Parliament returns from recess, our new briefing paper explores ministers’ views about Parliament and how well the Civil Service understands this aspect of ministerial life. Nicola Hughes introduces the paper.
The Government has sometimes come under fire for the number of junior ministerial appointments it makes – a figure that now stands at 74. But what do junior ministers themselves think of their roles? Jen Gold shares insights from Ministers Reflect, the Institute for Government’s new oral history project.
Government has increasingly made use of ‘joint ministers’ who work across several briefs or departments. Based on interviews with joint ministers who took part in our Ministers Reflect project, Nicola Hughes and Emily Andrews examine the pros and cons of these roles.
From time to time the Treasury runs its own stakeholder surveys, but our Ministers Reflect archive offers insights from a group of former ministers who don’t often get asked what they think about the performance of government’s most powerful department. Jill Rutter examines some of the key messages.
Yesterday, the Cabinet Office released new data on special advisers (spads), the political appointees who help ministers navigate government. Nicola Hughes and Emily Andrews examine the figures and explore the views expressed on spads from our Ministers Reflect interview archive.
The Institute for Government has launched Ministers Reflect, an online archive that records – in former ministers’ own words – what it takes to be an effective government minister, together with the challenges they face, and what more can be done to support them. Nicola Hughes describes the project’s aims.
Before the election, the IfG published advice on how a new administration (of whatever colour) could ensure it was effective. After 100 days unencumbered by coalition, Tom Gash looks for signs that the Cameron government has set off on the right foot, and wonders what risks lie ahead.