The new permanent secretary appointments mark two shifts – a significant increase in the number of women, now in control of bigger budgets, and a reinforcement of local government as an alternative route to the top.
A public sector in shock with new announcements every day – reform of this, a White Paper on that. Will those in charge of all this change have the necessary skills and experience to turn it into reality?
International and domestic politics are in a state of flux, as economic and political power shifts eastwards and public spending cuts threaten Britain’s diplomatic capability. The IfG-Monocle Soft Power Index shows Britain must recognise its ‘soft power’ advantages to remain influential abroad.
The Institute's survey of the 'most successful' policies of the last 30 years shows that leadership and timing are crucial – but also demonstrates to politicians that they should bury dead policies whose time has passed.