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.
A Personal View by Sir Christopher Foster
In Sir Christopher Foster’s view, pressures to reduce civil service impartiality could ultimately call into question our lack of legally enforceable constitutional constraints on ministerial action.Report Published February 25, 2014
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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 […]
The House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (PCRC) have expressed their deep disappointment that the Government has abandoned a pledge in the Coalition Agreement by rejecting the PCRC […]
Today’s written evidence from the BGI to the Liaison Committee’s inquiry following up its earlier report on Select Committee effectiveness, resources and powers urged the Committee to press the government […]
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