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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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The Scotland Bill so far: Major constitutional legislation proceeding at the speed of an express train

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:00:02 +0000

Plans for expanding the powers of the Scottish Parliament have developed rapidly since the Scottish referendum. Jim Gallagher takes advantage of the pause afforded by Parliament’s summer recess to take stock of the Scotland Bill’s progress, and consider the stability of increased decentralisation in the longer term. Parliament’s summer recess is a good time to catch […]

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The truth about House of Lords appointments

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:30:54 +0000

Yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron, seemingly undeterred by the already negative media coverage about the Lord Sewel affair, gave strong indications that he intends to make yet more appointments to the Lords. In doing so, he appeared to invoke a convention that does not exist: that of bringing Lords membership into line with Commons seats. […]

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The government’s Freedom of Information commission tilts the political discussion towards damage and cost

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:00:26 +0000

On Friday of last week, the government announced a new commission on Freedom of Information. Here, Ben Worthy offers his response to the announcement, arguing that the objections to the scope and usage of FOI that have been raised are nothing new, and furthermore aren’t unique to the UK. Further, he argues that the commission’s remit tilts […]

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