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.
In this brief working paper we analyse the institutional roles clinicians have filled in national policy making over the last dozen years to suggest ‘conditions of success’ for when any further appointments are being considered.
This report looks at what we can learn from policy successes. It focuses on six examples: privatisation, the introduction of the national minimum wage, Scottish devolution, the ban on smoking in public places, pensions reform and the Climate Change Act.
Over the course of its twenty-one year existence, Joseph Nye’s ‘soft power’ has garnered a dedicated following among international relations thinkers. But in recent years, the rising explanatory value of soft power means it is echoed almost daily across global media outlets.
This paper makes 11 recommendations for Police and Crime Commissioner candidate selection.
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.
The Institute believes the Business Plans represent a positive step towards a more open and transparent form of government. However, there is still a long way to go to achieve the Prime Minister's ambitions.
Economics as a discipline is fundamentally about ways to allocate scarce resources. As scarcity of resource is a perennial issue in public policy, this means that economics has much to offer to those responsible for resource allocation both at the official and the political level.