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.

Latest Report


Written evidence to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information

Report Published November 12, 2015

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Latest Posts

The Omnipresent Osborne

The Better Government Initiative has previously been very critical of what became known as “sofa government”. This informal style of government emerged under New Labour and was characterised by decisions […]

Letter to the Sunday Times on machinery of government changes

Learn from past mistakes and don’t tinker with ministries If senior civil servants are creating a blueprint potentially to scrap or merge up to nine government departments, we hope their […]

Impasse in a coalition – and how it should be resolved

New rules are needed where a Coalition Government finds it impossible to apply collective responsibility. The BGI believes that where one of the parties wishes to announce a policy which […]

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