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Briefing paper

Improving ethical standards in government

This report calls for new rules to extend the prohibition on former cabinet ministers lobbying government, new enforcement powers to ensure ministerial rules are followed, and greater transparency surrounding the outside interests of civil servants.
Working paper

The OECD Framework for digital talent and skills in the public sector

This paper presents the OECD Framework for Digital Talent and Skills in the Public Sector, which highlights the need to create the right working environment, secure the right skills, and evolve the right workforce to support a progression from e-government to digital government.
Book

Learning policy, doing policy

This publication explores how policy theory is understood by practitioners and how it influences their practice. The book brings together insights from research, teaching and practice on an issue that has so far been understudied. Contributors include Australian and international policy scholars, and current and...
Report

Administration of parliamentary expenses by the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority

The objective of this audit was to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority’s administration of parliamentary expenses claimed by Australian parliamentarians.
Report

Responding to shocks: 10 lessons for government

As the United Kingdom hits the anniversary of the first national lockdown, this report sets out 10 lessons that government should learn from its handling of the COVID-19 crisis.
Report

From crisis to reform: a call to strengthen America’s battered democracy

This paper argues that a unique opportunity currently exists for the United States, when Americans are publicly engaged after a contentious election, and a new presidential administration attempts to chart a better course. The author suggests Americans need to seize this moment and move beyond...
Report

Local government co-ordination: metropolitan governance in twenty-first century Australia

This research examines the role of local government engagement and coordination in modern Australian metropolitan governance.
Report

Evidence-based policymaking: What is it? How does it work? What relevance for developing countries?

Evidence-based policy (EBP) is a discourse or set of methods which informs the policy process, rather than aiming to directly affect the eventual goals of the policy. This paper puts forward a number of approaches which will help to promote EBP.
Report

Lifting lockdown in 2021: the next phase of the coronavirus strategy

As Boris Johnson prepares to unveil his latest roadmap out of lockdown, this paper warns that any mismanagement that risks a fourth lockdown would represent a serious failure of government. The paper sets out how the government can optimise its strategy and, crucially, learn from...
Discussion paper

A blueprint for the National Cabinet

This paper focuses on the genesis of the National Cabinet, elements that have helped make it successful, and how it can continue to fulfil the expectations of the Australian public during the COVID-19 recovery.