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Press Release: Lord O'Donnell Delieverd his Inaugural Speech on 24th April 2013

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Sir Gus O'Donnell


Lord O’Donnell delivered his inaugural lecture last night (24 April) in UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, UCL. The text of the lecture can now be viewed on the link below.

Press Release: Inaugural Lecture by the former Cabinet Secretary Lord (Gus) O’Donnell

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Building a Better Government: the Political and Constitutional Reforms necessary to build Better Government

Professor Robert Hazell comments on Baroness Thatcher's funeral

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Professor Robert Hazell comments on Baroness Thatcher's funeral and constitutional protocol.

VIDEOS: Dr Ruth Levitt & Stephen Boys Smith on Expertise and Policy: the Rise of the Government "Tsar

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A government "tsar" is defined as an individual from outside government who is publicly appointed by a minister to advise on policy development on the basis of their expertise. Their numbers have soared since 1997. Recently published research by Dr Ruth Levitt and William Solesbury (see kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/politicaleconomy/research/tsars.aspx) is the first to systematically investigate and charter the growth in tsar appointments, examine the nature of tsars' expertise, the issues ministers have asked them to address and the difference they can make. Dr Levitt will discuss the study's findings and the important questions of accountability and the use of expertise in the policy system. Former tsar Stephen Boys Smith will provide a first-hand account of his experience in the role.

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A referendum on Britain’s EU membership is a sure fire way to encourage the breakup of the UK

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:00:55 +0000

David Cameron has pledged to hold a referendum on the UK’s EU membership if his Conservative party wins a majority at the British general election in May. Jo Murkens writes on the impact an EU referendum would have on the UK’s place in Europe and on the UK as a whole. A referendum on European […]

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:30:20 +0000

On 11 February 2015, Nicola Sturgeon spoke at an event co-hosted by the Constitution Unit and the UCL Department of Political Science. Sam Sharp reports on the event. Recent predictions suggest the Scottish National Party (SNP) could win as many as 54 seats in May. A poll surge of this kind is not what most […]

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Governing in an ever looser union

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:00:32 +0000

Governing is becoming increasingly difficult as devolution accelerates but a new Institute for Government report has identified ways to make it easier. Here, Akash Paun summarises the report’s key findings. Even when severe political disagreements come between the UK’s four governments – as during the Scottish independence referendum campaign – civil servants can and do communicate and […]

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