Public Policy

The UK's Role In Climate Change Depends On Fixing Haphazard Policy

Tom Jeffery | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Jeffery

That's certainly true - but if the UK wants to be part of the solution on climate change, communities and even the state's newly rediscovered industrial strategy will need to be part of the mix.

Should We All Be Worried About The Labour Party?

Tom Jeffery | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Jeffery

It's been a subdued conference in Liverpool for Labour. One source told me that in terms of policy, there's not actually that much on the table: Corbyn is only now diverting his team away from political firefighting to building a platform. How Labour approaches the task after the mayoral election here and in Manchester next May might be more definitive for its future than a summer spent feuding.

Britain Needs More Democracy After the EU Referendum, Not Less

Tom Jeffery | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Jeffery

In 'The Economics of Happiness', the Swiss professor Bruno S Frey argues that over 600 referenda have contributed to the happiness of his fellow citiz...

Flipping the Page: A Story on Growth

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

I feel its weight in my hands. Its interesting texture. The unique scent... The release party was wonderful. As we handed out the latest print editi...

Prisons Can Work - But Let Us In to Help!

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK
Jonathan Freeman

Prisons are necessary. But we must ensure that we as a society do everything possible to keep people out of prisons in the first place. And we must ensure that truly effective support is available to the vast majority of offenders who would much rather have a regular job to support them and their families. That means that prisons must welcome with open arms those organisations and companies willing to help offenders back in to society.

Why We Need a Ministry for Mindfulness in the UK

Jutta Tobias | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jutta Tobias

In the first instance, the ministry would be tasked with laying out a comprehensive path for a highly stressed out nation to move towards higher wellbeing. Why this is of such strategic importance for society: stress and impulsiveness are strongly linked.

Why Mental Health Must Stay on the Agenda

Luciana Berger | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Our mental health system is failing at a time when it should be being made a greater priority... We must change the status of mental health, not just in our National Health Service, but just as importantly, in our wider society... This is why mental health will be a top priority for the next Labour government.

Can Localism and Local Government be Core for a Labour Government?

John Tizard | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Labour has an opportunity to build on the localist successes of the last Labour Government whilst avoiding some its tendency to adopt over proscriptive and unnecessary centralist controls and targets.

Why Do We Keep Letting Politicians Fudge the Numbers So Badly?

Justin Cash | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK Politics
Justin Cash

In times of crisis, the need for clear information is more important than ever. Crunching the numbers in a transparent way is one of the best methods of public policy formation available to us, and data concerning jobs and growth has informed many reasonable economic arguments in recent years.

Ned Simons

Cabinet Secretary Admits Ministers 'Don't Make Much Difference'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics

Ministers do not make any impact on policy and are reshuffled for purely cosmetic reasons, the country’s top civil servant has admitted. Sir Jere...

On High Tech Lobbying

John Carr | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Tech
John Carr

Lobbyists are like lawyers. Normally in return for coin of the realm they put forward their client's case for or against a particular proposition. Thus lobbyists undoubtedly can help to improve the democratic process and this should lead to better decision-making all round.

Ideas for Christmas

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 22.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jeffrey Gedmin

Mulling my breakfast with Peter Ackerman, and with New Year's resolutions just around the corner, here are three tips for anyone thinking about plotting a future in the ideas business.

Cuts and Unfairness: Charities and the Voluntary and Community Sector Have to Speak Up

John Tizard | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The voluntary and community sector has always championed the rights and needs of the disadvantaged; fought for equality; and stood up for social justice. Now is the time to advocate these aims as never before. Cuts and many other government policies are taking the country in the opposite direction. Charities cannot ignore this.

Which are the World's Top Countries for Higher Education?

Professor Ross Williams | Posted 11.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Ross Williams

While there are any number of well-regarded global rankings of universities and colleges, these don't reveal anything about national systems, the environment which different countries provide for education, for the institutions and students themselves.

Open Public Services - Open Accountability

John Tizard | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Politics
John Tizard

There can be no excuse for delay in introducing bold reform to ensure the accountability of all public service provision.

No 'More for Less" - The Public Sector Needs to take a More Radical Course

John Tizard | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Politics
John Tizard

In 2012 let's resolve to ban the phrase 'more for less' when talking about the future of public services.

Want To Make Britain Happy? Appoint A Niggle Tsar

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 19.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Fletcher-Brown

When John Lennon said that life was what happened when you were busy making other plans, he was being wildly optimistic. Life, all too often, seems to be governed by the day-to-day texture of niggles, anxieties and minor worries.

Defining Competitive Advantage

Peter Ingram | Posted 04.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Peter Ingram

As most British universities recommence for the next academic year, many fledgling learners will be starting on these courses as the last cohort of students to go through university without the up to £9000 debt annually.