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The heart of the problem: a weak centre is undermining the UK government

Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom are powerful. But the administrative support they receive is limited, meaning that the exercise of that power is not as effective as it should be. This paper argues that the prime minister’s job is made harder because the symbiotic...
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Technology and the future of the government workforce

New and emerging technologies will change government in a wide range of ways. This report assesses the state of this transformation in the UK, what it means for the government workforce, and what steps the government needs to take now to ensure that it manages...
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A new federalism? The role and future of the National Cabinet

As the COVID-19 crisis began to escalate in Australia, a new institution, the National Cabinet, emerged. This policy brief sets out the National Cabinet’s establishment, structure, and achievements, before turning to key issues requiring attention, concerning the effectiveness, inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability of this new...
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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.
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Creating and dismantling government departments

Much like what occurs in Australia, this paper argues that while creating a new department can be useful to focus on a high priority issue or to bring together related policy areas, most changes in the United Kingdom are rushed through either to send a...
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Inquiry into machinery of government changes: interim report

Following the November 2014 election, the newly elected Victorian government undertook a departmental restructure, which saw nine departments merged into seven, a reallocation of functions between departments and a number of changes to ministerial portfolios. On 27 May 2015, the Legislative Council passed a motion...
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Inquiry into machinery of government changes: final report

Machinery of government (“MoG”) changes are the formal transfer of functions from one department to another. These changes may occur at any time, but are most common following an election, particularly where there has been a change of government. MoG arrangements are used to align...