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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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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:00:50 +0000

Brian Walker explores whether the pro-Union parties can offer enough devolution to persuade voters Scotland will be given priority if they vote No. On September 18 voters in Scotland will take a momentous decision based on two sets of uncertainty: on independence which is on the ballot paper and on more devolution which is not. A recent […]

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:00:48 +0000

If the UK gets a written constitution, will it seek simply to codify the current constitutional arrangement or will it present an opportunity for more fundamental changes? In light of a recent PCRC report assessing the desirability of a written constitution, Daniel Helen looks at recent codification proposals and considers the reforms they put forward. Behind the title […]

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Defining the office of Prime Minister

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:00:36 +0000

The British Prime Minister has extensive and growing powers, yet the role is ill-defined in UK constitutional documents. Graham Allen argues in favour of clarifying the role of the Prime Minister. He also suggests it should become a directly elected office, to ensure that it is properly answerable to the UK public. It is symptomatic of the British […]

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