09 December 2010

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?

08 December 2010

The Localism Bill is unlikely to resolve the all questions posed by the wider devolution agenda.

07 December 2010

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.

03 December 2010

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.

02 December 2010

Much of the time we wallow in policy failures - but there are lessons to be learnt from when policies work as well.

30 November 2010

The formation of the Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition now looks inevitable, as decisive political events often do in restrospect.

26 November 2010

The Prime Minister’s announcement that the Office for National Statistics is to start measuring wellbeing will only be of academic interest unless it affects the way policy is made.

23 November 2010

Margaret Thatcher resigned 20 years ago this week. The release of files from her first year in office gives insight into her and her Cabinet, and offers some lessons for the current government's reform agenda.

19 November 2010

The government is injecting stronger private sector expertise into departments. Will this answer ministers' questions about how effectively government operates?

18 November 2010

Nick Clegg describes responsibility without power as "the curse of the decentralising Minister". Ministers will have to think hard about their own accountability to Parliament and how to respond to failure if they are not to fall foul of the curse.

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