Welcome to the Better Government Initiative

The Better Government Initiative (BGI) was formed as a response to widespread concerns about the practical difficulties that government today faces as it seeks to run the country against a background of rapid change. Our work focuses on the processes that play an essential part in achieving sound governance. We aim to canvass the widest possible range of views and to publish concrete recommendations that will be of practical relevance not only to the major parties but to a wider audience of practitioners, academics and commentators who share our concerns and interests.

The Better Government Initiative was set up by Sir Christopher Foster, a former professor of economics and adviser to ministers from the 1970s to the 1990s. His book “British Government in Crisis” (2005) drew attention to many of the issues that the Group has been considering.

Latest Report

Evidence to the PACAC Inquiry on Civil Service Effectiveness and Capacity

Report Published December 11, 2017

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Latest Posts

Civil Service at risk of institutional failure from unrealistic Brexit timetables says the Better Government Initiative

Social Mobility is not the only policy area at risk from the inevitable domination of government business by issues around Brexit. The Better Government Initiative (BGI) have raised concerns about […]

Better (Local) Government

Our latest report argues that we need a radical reconsideration of the future of local government. It is becoming increasingly difficult to see any coherent vision from central, or for […]

Capacity crisis in the Civil Service

In written evidence to the Public Accounts Committee’s Inquiry on the capacity of the civil service submitted in April we expressed grave concern that a much reduced civil service, faced […]

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