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


Written evidence to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information

Report Published November 12, 2015

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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 […]

The Dark Side of the Deficit

What is forecast to cost £386bn this financial year: up by a sixth or £50bn compared to 2012-13? The answer is the cost of tax expenditures and structural reliefs from […]

Provision Of Services By The Third Sector: A Discussion Note By The Better Government Initiative

This note discusses the case for greater use of the third sector to provide public services. More work needs to be done on the value-for-money provided by charities when performing […]

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