In our new discussion paper, The Strange Case of Non-Ministerial Departments, we take a deeper look at this obscure category of government bodies, which cover organisations as steeped as history as the 1000-year-old Royal Mint to the newly minted National Crime Agency.
This report explores government’s design and oversight of public service markets in employment services (the Work Programme), secondary education, care for older people and probation services.
This working paper identifies six questions that those introducing, adapting or overseeing contractual mechanisms in public services should ask to gain a better understanding of their costs and benefits.
This paper traces the history of quasi-markets in UK secondary education, assesses how closely the current system resembles a fully-formed quasi-market and offers some reflections the way in which policy in this areas has developed over time.
This paper traces the history of choice and competition in the further education sector, assesses what we currently know about its impact and draws out some lessons for those seeking to introduce market mechanisms in public services.
This paper traces the history of competition in the prisons sector, assesses what we currently know about its impact and draws out some lessons for those seeking to introduce greater competition in public services.
This publication examines the difficulties of ‘opening up’ public services through choice and competition and identifies some possible remedies.
This publication is based on sessions reviewing attempts to create markets in public services in four key areas – welfare-to-work, social care, health care and local government.
This collection of essays seeks to bring together in one place the evidence on what mayoral governance could do for our cities.
Our report looks at what is needed for effective relations between government departments and arm’s-length bodies (ALBs). It is part of a project we have undertaken with the Public Chairs’ Forum.