Working to make government more effective

Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove and Nicola Sturgeon


We examine the effectiveness of devolution across the UK and the relationships between national and devolved government.

Over the past two decades, an array of powers and funding have been transferred from Whitehall and Westminster to the devolved administrations in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, to the mayor of London and – more recently – to metro mayors in nine English regions.

Our research examines the impact and performance of devolved institutions in all parts of the UK. We also consider the state of the union and how the different tiers of government could and should work together. Our events bring together national, devolved and local decision makers to consider these issues. And our analysis develops innovative ways that devolution could be made to work more effectively.

The art of the devolution deal

Too little attention has been paid to how devolution deals are negotiated and implemented and how Whitehall should support them.

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Angel of the North

How metro mayors can help level up England

The UK government must devolve fuller powers and greater flexibility over spending to metro mayors so that these local leaders can help level up England.

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Tracy Brabin, Andy Burnham, Dan Jarvis

Our devolution team