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

There may be trouble ahead: the civil service in a post-truth world – article by Richard Mottram

Report Published February 10, 2017

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Latest Posts

Lessons from Chilcot

Our paper on the Chilcot Report (http://www.bettergovernmentinitiative.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Chilcot-lessons.pdf) considers the lessons to be learned from the catalogue of errors it describes that arose from decisions taken without careful examination of the […]

Whose sovereignty?

There was a lot of talk in the referendum campaign from the Brexit side about taking back control and re-establishing sovereignty to the UK. But there is a real danger […]

One Man Two Governors: Accountability in the Modern Era

One of the checks and balances built into the UK’s unwritten and highly flexible constitution has been the direct accountability of permanent secretaries to Parliament for the value for money […]

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