10 November 2011

The political parties and the Civil Service are going to have to alter the way they prepare for a possible change of government, and the existing conventions on transitions will have to be revised.

04 November 2011
On Monday junior climate change Minister Greg Barker was summoned to the House to answer a topical question on the government's proposed changes to "feed-in tariffs" for solar PV. This episode tells us a lot on how we approach policy making.
03 November 2011

The Children in Care and Adoption league tables serve as a reminder of how hard it is for departments to relinquish their line of oversight over local services.

01 November 2011

A sharp clash between the Commons Public Administration Committee and the Government underlines the need for a review of ministerial numbers and functions - to match the sweeping changes now happening in Whitehall.

27 October 2011

The Scottish people will soon be given the chance to vote on withdrawal from the United Kingdom. The plan is to hold a multi-option referendum, not a straight yes/no choice. How will this work?

24 October 2011

After the damning Care Quality Commission report into NHS care of the elderly, I should probably just be glad that my mother emerged alive from her recent brush with the local hospital. But, since we are supposed to live in the era of what has been called "tripadvisor" government, I decided to try to give some feedback on her experience with the NHS. It's not as easy as it should be.

18 October 2011

The Secretary of State for Wales recently announced the membership and remit of the independent Commission on Devolution in Wales. This is the latest in a string of moves that could radically transform the nature of the UK devolution settlement, and in particular the centralised nature of the country's fiscal constitution.

18 October 2011

The coalition came to power pledging to cut the number of special advisers, but now employs more "SpAds" than did the last Labour government. What explains this u-turn?

11 October 2011

The French Socialist Party's primary election represents a novel experiment in democratic participation. British political parties could learn a number of lessons from this experience.

11 October 2011

With the announcement of Sir Gus O’Donnell’s resignation as Cabinet Secretary, the role is now to be split from that of Head of the Civil Service for the first time in nearly 30 years. Dr Catherine Haddon examines the issues such a change might raise.