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Our publications showcase the IfG’s sector-leading research, giving readers an impartial and evidence-based analysis of what makes good government.

Our publications showcase the IfG’s sector-leading research, giving readers an impartial and evidence-based analysis of what makes good government – and what could be improved.  

Insight papers offer a concise run-down of key issues, including our snap analysis of current events such as changes of government or emerging external challenges.

Analysis papers and longer reports dig deeper, drawing on long-running research projects, data analysis and interviews with experts and other key figures to answer the big questions facing government today, such as how to reform the civil service, the role of the tax system or the use of evidence in policy making.  

Our three data-driven reports – Whitehall Monitor, Parliamentary Monitor and Performance Tracker – provide an unrivalled stocktake of the civil service, parliament and public services respectively.

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31 JUL 2011 Report

Localism Bill

In this letter, Lord Adonis presses for the office of elected mayor to be given greater powers.

11 JUL 2011 Report

Open Public Services

This report sets out the most important arguments of recent proposed reforms to public services.

11 JUL 2011 Report

Unfinished Business

Kate Jenkins takes a look at the agency model 20 years on after her last report.

14 JUN 2011 Report

Big Shot or Long Shot?

We explain how the mayoral model has the potential to overcome some of the barriers to growth that cities face.

09 JUN 2011 Report

Supporting Heads of Government

In Supporting Heads of Government we compare the support system for the UK prime minister with the heads of government in five other countries.

24 MAY 2011 Report

The Challenge of Being a Minister

This short report summarises the results, analysis and recommendations of the Institute for Government’s report The Challenge Of Being A Minister.

24 MAY 2011 Report

The Challenge of Being a Minister

Our report examines what makes a minister effective in being able to define and take forward his or her policy objectives.

12 MAY 2011 Report

One Year On

The Institute for Government has published a major new report assessing the first year of coalition government.

18 APR 2011 Report

System Stewardship

It argues that policy makers need to see themselves as stewards of systems with multiple actors and decision makers.