26 January 2012

The Coalition's programme for government committed it to replacing the 'fundamentally flawed' system of financial regulation 'with a framework that promotes responsible and sustainable banking'.  An Independent Banking Commission was subsequently created by the coalition. At a recent Institute for Government event the commission’s secretary Sam Woods and BBC Business Editor Robert Peston provided insight into how the commission made its recommendations.

24 January 2012

Today's National Audit Office report on the Government's Work Programme has provoked a furious response from Chris Grayling, MP. Is his fury justifiable?

17 January 2012

As Whitehall undergoes the most radical change since demobilisation, an intriguing battle of ideas is breaking out between the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) and the Government over how much the process should be centrally planned and controlled.

12 January 2012

All political parties now favour holding a referendum on Scottish independence, but disagree over the terms of this historic vote. What are the issues at stake?

03 January 2012

Our report on the 'S' factors looks at how some policies that actually work were made. The coalition government and the new leadership of the civil service might find it useful new year reading.

20 December 2011

The appointment of Sharon White as DG Public Services at the Treasury marks a notable breakthrough for women at HMT.

16 December 2011

If you thought Big Society ideas had disappeared, think again.

15 December 2011

The appointment of respected economist Andrew Dilnot to chair the UK Statistics Authority is an important landmark in parliamentary scrutiny of appointments to key quangos.

13 December 2011

Is there anything that conventional politics can learn from the Occupy movement and their general assemblies?

09 December 2011

The debate in England's major provincial cities over whether to have elected mayors - to be determined in referendums next May - is hotting up. At a debate in Bristol last week, support seemed widespread, although several concerns specific to Bristol were also raised.