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.
BGI’s latest report – “Financing Scotland: Is there a workable financial settlement for Scottish devolution?” – points out that the airy assurances given in the heat of the referendum debate […]
Mention the ‘civil service’ and most people immediately think of the Whitehall stereotypes. Perhaps not bowler hatted Sir Humphreys but pretty close: probably something to do with working with Ministers. […]
With 8 months left for the UK’s first peacetime coalition government strategists in the main political parties will be thinking hard about how to prepare in case they need to […]