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 three 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.

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Coalition Government

Report Published September 19, 2014

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Thoughts for an incoming Government: coalition

With 8 months left for the UK’s first peacetime coalition government strategists in the main political parties will be thinking hard about how to prepare in case they need to […]

Thoughts for an incoming Government: a ministerial “cabinet” system for Britain?

Would the introduction of a cabinet system on continental lines – equipping each Secretary of State with a team of political advisers which would be his or her interface with […]

‘How to be a minister – a 21st century guide’

‘How to be a minister – a 21st century guide’ written jointly by BGI member Sir Leigh Lewis, a former Permanent Secretary, and former Cabinet Minister John Hutton was published […]

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