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.
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.
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.