Philipp Krause has raised some very interesting issues about the development of public finance institutions in emerging economies (which are equally applicable to wider public administration capacity development in emerging countries). Continue reading “Co-Evolution of the Development of Public Administration, Democracy and Capitalism”
Interesting new report on the Manchester/Salford riots: Continue reading “A Tale of Two Cities: Complex Causes, Complex Solutions. A Response to the August, 2011 riots in Salford & Manchester.”
guest post by John Alford and Janine O’Flynn
The G4S fiasco surrounding security for the London Olympics has sparked debate about the problems of contracting out. In a new book, John Alford and Janine O’Flynn argue for a broader approach to utilizing external providers as the key to avoiding or at least minimizing the pitfalls Continue reading “G4S and rethinking public services: going beyond ‘one size fits all’”
In an interview for The Daily Telegraph Prime Minister David Cameron seems to say that the idea of another Spending Review is now a dead-duck, which is fascinating as they have just deferred decisions on social care “until the next Spending Review’. Continue reading “#SR2013 – Is another Spending Review dead and buried? David Cameron apparently says ‘yes’”
Louise Casey, the serial trouble-shooting Czarina, has managed to get huge publicity for a report which purports to “research” the issue of “troubled families”. And we’re not even into the Silly Season proper yet. Continue reading “Louise Casey and “Listening to Troubled Families”: an (almost) worthless piece of ‘research’ leading to dangerous policy prescriptions”
When the Coalition Government published its Spending Review in 2010 it ambitiously set out spending plans not for 3 years, as had been the case in the 5 previous Spending Reviews under New Labour, but for 4 years. This was always “ambitious Minister”, as Sir Humphrey would say. Continue reading “#SR2013 Watch No. 3: The Spending Review they can’t live with, and can’t live without?”
Public policy community comes together
12 Jul 2012
The University of Manchester has established Policy@Manchester as a network bringing together a range of academics working in a variety of public policy areas. Continue reading “policy@manchester launches”
For three decades the idea has held say in most of our political class that “Big Government” was inevitably hopeless and only markets, competition, choice and private provision – even of publicly paid for services – will ‘work’.
If we ever needed reminding that life is not so simple the fiasco surrounding G4S – private sector providers of a large part of the security for #London2012 – makes the point. G4S fail to deliver and as a result 3,500 British troops – many of whom probably have redundancy notices in their pockets – are forced to give up their holidays and step into the breach. G4S managers – who probably have handsome bonuses in their pockets – will probably walk away from this shambles largely unscathed.
This reminds me rather forcefully of the point an American public administration academic made after 9/11 – as the Twin Towers burnt it was mostly public sector workers – police, fire-fighters, paramedics – who were going into the buildings whilst it was mostly private sector employees coming out. Many of the former died when the towers collapsed. This is not a criticism of private sector workers – it is merely to point out that public service has merits that private interests can never match.
As someone who’s been writing and working with performance measures and dashboards for longer than I care to remember, I found this post on ‘False Economy’ (link below) just so funny I had to reproduce it….
A preview of our new iPad app: Cameron’s Dashboard Continue reading “David Cameron’s iPad “Dashboard” App”
So, what is happening with Spending Review 2013 and is it going to happen at all? All sorts of rumours are flying about – in the absence of any clear statements from government. Continue reading “#SR2013 Watch No. 2: Is it Really Going to Happen?”