This paper presents a review of political economy studies focused on the quality of governance and, in particular, on the institutions that mould the policymaking process, influencing the risk of sub-optimal policy outcomes.
Ministers and officials regularly invoke the phrase ‘learning the lessons from history’ without appreciating what it actually means. Understanding what history is, how it can help, is an important part of making good policy decisions.
Big policy announcements tend to dominate election campaigns. Details on how they are to be implemented do not.
This paper reviews the accumulating evidence of problems in the way the UK makes strategic infrastructure decisions.
This paper examines the problem of housing affordability. It presents new empirical evidence which suggests the risk of distortions in the planning system in favour of homeowners is real and economically significant.
Policy implementation failures attract international headlines and undermine the credibility of political administrations.
This report focuses on how to improve the implementation of social justice policy and identifies eleven lessons for ministers and officials.
As the British state is reshaped in an era of public austerity this paper offers a basis for securing the public’s trust in the competence of public institutions and their confidence in the legitimacy of those who lead them.
In 2011, our report 'Policy Making in the Real World' examined previous efforts to improve policy making across four areas: processes, qualities, structures, and politics.