Publications

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Published: 8th February 2017
Despite recent improvements, attempts to better manage public service contracts risk failing.
Authors: Tom Gash
Strengthening Whitehall’s top-level structures and processes
Published: 9th March 2015
This report examines the impact of structural reforms on government effectiveness.
Authors: Tom Gash
Priorities for reforming arm’s-length government in the UK
Published: 4th March 2015
When the Coalition came to power in 2010, it outlined a series of measures to reform arm’s-length government in the UK, popularly characterised as another “bonfire of the quangos”.
Authors: Jonathan Pearson, Tom Gash, Jill Rutter
The demise of the Audit Commission and other improvement agencies
Published: 11th March 2014
This report provides three short studies of the fate of three very different improvement agencies – the Audit Commission, the National Policing Improvement Agency and the NHS Modernisation Agency.
Lessons from 30 years of attempting to devolve political power in the UK
Published: 30th January 2014
Drawing on a detailed analysis of seven past reforms, this report identifies 10 obstacles to decentralisation.
Authors: Tom Gash, Joe Randall, Sam Sims
Commissioning public services for better outcomes
Published: 23rd January 2014
This report is the output of a joint project between Collaborate and the Institute for Government, supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Authors: Dan Crowe, Tom Gash, Henry Kippin
Professionalising government’s approach to commissioning and market stewardship
Published: 18th July 2013
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.
Authors: Tom Gash, Nehal Davison, Sam Sims, Louisa Hotson
Which service features affect the ease of government contracting?
Published: 24th January 2013
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.
How to avoid the pitfalls of open public services
Published: 31st August 2012
This publication examines the difficulties of ‘opening up’ public services through choice and competition and identifies some possible remedies.
Authors: Kate Blatchford, Tom Gash
Learning from history
Published: 31st August 2012
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.
Authors: Tom Gash, Theo Roos

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