The Institute's latest report, Balancing Act, proposes a range of reforms to enhance parliament's role in the public appointments process, including a veto over appointment to and dismissal from 25 top posts.
Just over a year ago, the Institute published 'Shaping Up': a vision for the future of Whitehall. The Irish have drawn on it for their new programme of government - which offers an experiment in radical reform born out its crisis.
Caroline Spelman MP is extricating herself from the woods on forests by remitting the issue to a panel of experts. She is not alone in asking for outsiders to help sort a knotty policy problem. But in Britain every time we do this, we have to set up a new review from scratch. There is an alternative approach, as Australia's Productivity Commission shows.