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We look at how government uses regulation to achieve its objectives and how rules can most effectively be designed and implemented through regulators.

Regulation – the use of rules, incentives and penalties – is a key tool which government uses, alongside tax and spending policy to achieve its objectives. We aim to highlight how government can most effectively make a choice between regulation and other policy levers, how regulations are best designed and how regulators – such as Ofgem, the Competition and Markets Authority and Ofsted – can successfully fulfil their remits.

How to reform a regulator: in conversation with Sir Jon Thompson

Sir Jon reflects on his experience of leading a regulator and the role that the Financial Reporting Council plays.

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Sir Jon Thompson speaking at the Institute for Government.

Public body deep dives

We look at how specific public bodies – including regulators – are configured, how they are performing, and what problems they face.

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Trans Pennine Express and Northern Arriva Rail North Services pass at Leeds Railway Station