08 February 2011

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) is attempting to establish a good governance framework to scrutinise civil service reform. This will be a big challenge because so much of the reform agenda is yet to be articulated.

31 January 2011
On the second leg of my tour of the 12 cities holding referenda to decide whether to have an elected mayor, I travelled to Birmingham and Coventry to hear what people think about the idea.
28 January 2011

The dramatic events surrounding the formation of the Conservative / Liberal Democrat Coalition government last May has forced a review of the conventions over what should happen in a hung parliament.

27 January 2011

It's been a bad week for the Big Society, says Adrian Brown.

26 January 2011

The government needs to create a market for provision if it is going to hand over delivery of public services to independent providers through outcome based payments.

24 January 2011

When a government embarks upon a programme of rapid and radical change whilst transforming its approach to the use of public finances, the case for strong independent scrutiny becomes much more important.

20 January 2011

No - but they're still worth watching, argues Adrian Brown.

20 January 2011

To help explain Social Impact Bonds, I'm going to make you an offer you can't refuse: you can save £100 in a year's time by spending £50 today.

19 January 2011

There is always a need for balance between the right of an elected government to get its business through and effective scrutiny. Yesterday the Speaker of the House of Commons set out an achievable agenda for change around Balfour’s principle that "democracy is government by explanation".

17 January 2011

The lessons from New Zealand's mixed member proportional (MMP) representation system in terms of the UK's proposed Alternative Vote are varied. But there is much about the country's experience that the UK could reflect upon.