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?

08 November 2010

Despite claims of a "power shift" from Whitehall to individuals and communities, 10 Downing Street and the centre are not relinquishing control.

08 November 2010

The powers the government wants in the Public Bodies Bill will allow it to rid itself of vexatious public bodies at any point in the future.

03 November 2010

The US mid-term elections are not quite as they have been portrayed.

02 November 2010

If we are back in the world of "boom and bust", we need to think hard about how our public finance frameworks operate in a world of large cyclical swings.

29 October 2010

Select committees are playing an increasing role in scrutinising public appointments. But what are the risks and benefits of this system? And how is it likely to develop over the coming years?

25 October 2010

'Fast Streamers' are the treasured resource of the Civil Service. Selected through a rigorous process that marks them out as the future leadership cadre, they are much sought after by teams wishing to pick from the conveyor belt of the brightest minds. Whitehall should rethink its approach to how it manages this resource.

21 October 2010

If there was a 'handbook of successful international deficit reductions', how would the Chancellor’s speech stack up against its recommendations?

18 October 2010

Wednesday's Spending Review announcement looms large. One of the key lessons from successful exercises like this from abroad is the need to be up-front about the pain. After all, people will be experiencing it for themselves soon enough.

15 October 2010

The government's announcement of arm's length bodies to be reformed sees it rearranging the deckchairs of the state, rather than rolling it back.