This short paper sets out the general guidance on government and civil service activity in the 2015 election period, highlighting some little-known aspects of the conventions, and outlines the process of establishing a government in the event of a hung parliament.
This InsideOut paper from Nick Harvey, who served as a defence minister for most of the first half of the parliament, provides valuable analysis of the working of the coalition since its formation in May 2010 as well as thoughts on how his party should approach any future coalition.
This briefing note looks at what we mean by scrutiny of government and where parliamentary scrutiny fits within the wider landscape.
This report by Giles Wilkes, former special adviser to Vince Cable, analyses the policymaking role of a departmental special adviser.
In the end Scotland voted as it had always been expected to.
This new paper analyses 16 future constitutional scenarios for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, ranging from Scottish independence to various models for further devolution.
At the Institute for Government we have identified a series of common problems and dilemmas that face, and will face, governments of all parties if they are to achieve their goals.
This report is the first publication in our Governing After the Referendum programme of work, and is a collaboration with the Institute’s Whitehall Monitor.
This report focuses on how the Civil Service should work with the two coalition parties in year five of the coalition as each develops its policy plans for the next parliament. It considers the challenges likely to arise in the final year, based on evidence of how the Coalition has functioned to date, and suggests how these can be tackled.
In the run up to an election, the Opposition are usually granted the opportunity to meet with senior civil servants to discuss what plans they would have for government, if elected. These are known as pre-election contacts.