26 March 2018

In a new Ministers Reflect interview, Mark Garnier argues that politicians investigated for breaching the Ministerial Code need better legal protection. Daniel Thornton says that whatever the process, the consequences of such investigations should still be decided by the Prime Minister.

09 November 2017

While it’s right that Priti Patel has taken responsibility for her actions, Nicola Hughes argues that many ministers continue to be undone by the most basic mistakes.

07 November 2017

The new Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has plenty of critics he needs to prove wrong. Daniel Thornton advises him to learn from his predecessors.

27 October 2017

A new series of candid interviews with former ministers reveals what today’s cohort could learn about making a success of ministerial office. The most important lessons for getting things done come from Lord Heseltine, argues Tess Kidney Bishop. 

20 June 2017

New ministers responsible for making infrastructure decisions need to establish realistic and long-term plans that focus on engaging beyond Whitehall. Tess Kidney Bishop says getting this right can make a long-term difference, even if a minister’s tenure is shorter than expected.

13 April 2017

Arm’s-length bodies exist to limit the politics in regulation and public services. But Susanna Smith, from the Public Chairs’ Forum (PCF) and Association of Chief Executives (ACE), shows how this can create tension between the people who run these bodies and the people who run the country.

06 April 2017

Our latest Ministers Reflect interview captures the thoughts of one of the most significant reformers in recent years: Francis Maude. But Daniel Thornton says his legacy is at risk.

17 March 2017

One of the challenges facing ministers in departments is how to put aside rivalries and work as an effective team towards collective goals. In this blog, Ines Stelk looks at how they do it.

06 March 2017

Today the Institute for Government publishes a new Ministers Reflect interview with Lord (Jim) O’Neill. Dr Jo Casebourne looks at what he has to say about his experience as ‘the guy that was driving the Northern Powerhouse’ from his time as Commercial Secretary to the Treasury in 2015-16.

27 February 2017

In recent months, tensions between the Government and the judiciary have ramped up on both sides of the pond. Nicola Hughes looks at the relationship between ministers and the legal world, based on our Ministers Reflect interviews.