Working to make government more effective

Ketaki Zodgekar

Research Assistant

Ketaki was a research assistant at the Institute, working on the Whitehall Monitor project and ministers team. She graduated with a degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, through which she spent a year studying at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Ketaki has previously worked at the Guardian and West Wing Writers.

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26 AUG 2020 Explainer

Party conferences

Every autumn, UK political parties hold their annual conferences – gatherings of politicians, party members and affiliated groups.

08 APR 2020 Explainer

Keir Starmer's first shadow cabinet

Following his election as leader of the Labour Party on 4 April 2020, Keir Starmer conducted an extensive reshuffle of the shadow cabinet.

06 APR 2020 Interview

Sam Gyimah

Sam Gyimah reflects on working across two departments, dealing with prison riots and government’s relationship with universities.

27 MAR 2020 Explainer

Acting prime ministers

The UK does not have a formal constitutional role of a deputy or caretaker prime minister who would step in if the PM were unable to perform their job

26 FEB 2020 Explainer

Special advisers

Special advisers (SpAds) are political appointees hired to support ministers.

16 JAN 2020 Analysis paper

Whitehall Monitor 2020

Continued turnover of ministers and civil servants could disrupt the delivery of government projects and policies.

20 DEC 2019 Explainer

Government majority

There are 650 seats in parliament. To have an overall majority, a political party must win over half of these seats: at least 326.