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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Trust on Trial

Trust on Trial

Article by Leigh Lewis

Report Published April 10, 2014

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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 […]

Evidence to PASC on civil service impartiality

BGI’s evidence to the PASC inquiry into civil service impartiality and referendums stresses that if civil servants are to continue to serve governments of different political complexions and retain the […]

Recruitment for the civil service should preserve political independence

The BGI has today submitted its response to the Civil Service Commission’s consultation on its review and updating of the recruitment principles for the civil service. Our key points were […]

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