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


Ditchley Conference 2014

Proceedings of the Better Government Initiative's Plenary Conference in association with the Constitution Society, Ditchley Park 19th - 20th June 2014

Report Published July 4, 2014

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Latest Posts

BGI broadly welcomes the decision to combine the posts of Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service

The Better Government Initiative welcomes the decision to combine the posts of Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service and to create the post of Chief Executive for the […]

Main themes from the BGI’s Ditchley Conference: Sir Richard Mottram’s summary

The aim of this conference was to look ahead to next May’s general election and beyond. What challenges would a new Government of whatever form face? What lessons could be […]

Trust on Trial

BGI member Leigh Lewis, writing in The Political Quarterly, warns that although the Government’s plans for the civil service as set out in “One Year On” include many welcome ideas […]

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