Organisation

Institute for Government

Report

Reform of the centre of government

This short paper offers a diagnosis of the problem facing the government ‘machine’, a review of the changes recently made to it, and the Institute for Government’s recommendations on further reforms that most benefit the government, the civil service and the UK public.
Guide

Managing consultants: a guide for working with consultants in government

This guide attempts to provide high-level and practical tips for those in government working with consultants, rather than offering detailed analysis of the government’s use of consultants or recommendations for reform.
Report

Government outsourcing: when and how to bring public services back into government hands

This report identifies four circumstances in which governments should consider returning a service to the public sector: an unhealthy or uncompetitive market; the need for flexibility to make changes to the service; a lack of government commercial skills to manage an outsourced contract successfully; or...
Report

Coronavirus and unemployment

The coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread job losses across most advanced economies. This paper compares the experiences of five countries that illustrate how different policy decisions have been associated with different labour market outcomes, setting up very different future challenges.
Report

Parliament’s role in the coronavirus crisis

The UK government’s move to return the Commons to its usual ways of working when it returns from recess, is deeply concerning. This report warns that abandoning virtual proceedings from 2 June will reduce parliament’s ability to scrutinise the government.