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 eleven 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.

Local and mayoral elections 2024

On Thursday 2 May, voters across England and Wales headed to the polls in a major set of mayoral and local elections. Keep up with our latest content, events and analysis on why these elections matter and the results.

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How the next government should complete the job of English devolution

The English devolution agenda needs a reset. The next government must extend devolution to 85% of England to deliver meaningful and balanced economic growth.

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