21 December 2010

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.

16 December 2010

The ongoing reforms to higher education are a major opportunity for the coalition to show its commitment to improving policy through behavioural economics.

14 December 2010

The publication of the draft Cabinet Manual is an important development in explaining how government operates rather than a step to a written constitution.

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.