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'Special Advisers: Boon or Bane?' (Policy and Practice)

Publication date: Sep 30, 2013 11:57 AM

Start: Oct 10, 2013 05:30 PM
End: Oct 10, 2013 07:00 PM

Location: Medical Sciences 131 AV Hill LT Medical Sciences building, Malet Place, WC1E 6BT

Robert Hazell

Prof Robert Hazell and his research team

Robert Hazell and colleagues in the Constitution Unit in UCL’s School of Public Policy are writing a book as the conclusion of 18 months’ research looking at Special Advisers in the UK.  They will discuss their findings and conclusions, and invite the audience to help shape their recommendations on how to improve the effectiveness of Special Advisers.  They will also talk about the highs and lows of conducting a research project: writing the proposal, devising research questions and methods, constructing databases and finding interviewees. 
The research team of nine people includes three retired civil servants and a journalist who helped conduct 100 interviews, and three students (one a Master’s student at SPP) who helped with the analysis. They will also contribute to the talk, and be there to answer questions about careers in the civil service, and how students and outsiders can get involved in academic research projects.  

For background, see the project research page:

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