This paper explores the ‘separate space’ system that was set up to enable all major parties to access civil service policy support during the final six months of the last Scottish coalition, up until 2007.
This report examines two systems that enable political parties in Australia to have policy plans independently assessed and costed. These systems help governing and non-government parties access necessary expertise to test and improve policy ideas, particularly in the pre-election period.
Coalition government has become the norm in Ireland. This means that in the run-up to an election there can be a large number of parties with a chance of holding power when the new government is formed.
As the coalition heads into its endgame, the two parties of government face challenges in governing together while positioning themselves for the next election. As the smaller partner, the Liberal Democrats face a particularly tough situation. The party must emphasise its distinct values and achievements, while defending the overall coalition record, most of which has been Conservative-led.
As part of its civil service reform agenda, the government has outlined measures to strengthen civil service accountability to Parliament. Meanwhile, in Westminster, MPs question whether the traditional conventions for this process are effective.
As the coalition approaches the mid-point of its planned five-year term a big ‘what’s next?’ question hangs over the government. This report is a study of how coalitions can renew themselves in mid-term and give themselves fresh momentum and a clear sense of purpose as they move towards the next election.
The formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democratic government was an event of great historical significance. Not only did it end thirteen years of Labour Party rule, but it marked a departure from the traditional practice of single-party government at Westminster.
This report discusses how the three main British political parties select their parliamentary candidates, and assesses the impact of various reforms they have introduced into their candidate selection processes in recent years.
Transitions: Lessons Learned by Catherine Haddon and Peter Riddell covers the long run-up to the 2010 election, the unexpected dramas of the Coalition negotiations in ‘the five days in May', and the aftermath as the new ministers adapted to the challenges of office.
It is twelve years since the establishment of the new administration in Scotland. Over that time, Scotland has started to do things very differently from the UK. Many in Whitehall and Westminster have been oblivious to those changes.