Public Services Reform
Carrots and sticks: Can governments do without public health regulation?
This is the first of three papers exploring tobacco, alcohol, obesity and gambling policy. It compares different types of policy approach, and concludes that more ‘interventionist’ and apparently politically challenging measures, such as strict regulations on availability and taxes, tend to be more effective.
|Published:||27 July 2023|
A picture of health? Examining the state of leadership and management in healthcare
The UK’s healthcare system lags behind those of many comparable countries. In this report, we examine the role that better leadership and management can play in both lifting up the tail of under-performing healthcare providers and fostering more “outstanding” healthcare providers, so that healthcare outcomes in this country are much closer those of the best systems in the world.
|Published:||03 July 2023|
|Author(s):||Richard Hyde, Niamh O Regan|
Managing it better: Can leadership and management improve public service performance?
The UK public sector has performed comparatively poorly for a long time. This review highlights some of the key ways in which the existing research suggests that leadership and management in the public sector can play an important role in helping bring about improvements in public services.
|Published:||19 April 2023|
Identity and influence: A role for the rule of law in strengthening British national identity and maintaining the UK’s soft power
The rule of law has a part to play in defining and reinforcing Britishness, an especially important task for a country facing questions about its role in the world and internal challenges over unity. In this report, we lay out steps to restabilising the rule of law in the UK, to strengthen internal unity and ensuring that it remains a key “soft power” asset for the UK.
|Published:||19 January 2023|
The NHS: Decline and fall, or resurrection?
The NHS is in serious decline, plagued by extensive and deep-seated issues and facing immense pressures from the pandemic and Brexit. In this briefing, Lord Warner sets out a change programme that could reverse the decline – involving radical but necessary steps.
|Published:||04 July 2022|
|Author:||Lord Norman Warner|
Public Service Reform in the 2020s
What does 'public service reform' look like in the 2020s? This briefing considers three ways the Government might seek to ensure increased funding for public services is efficiently used in a post-austerity era.
|Published:||11 January 2022|
Gendered experiences of obesity: Narrowing gender gaps in prevention and treatment
This report explores gendered experiences of obesity in the UK , examining how obesity rates differ between men and women, the drivers of these trends and the extent to which policy aimed at reducing obesity rates needs to be gender specific.
|Published:||23 November 2021|
|Author(s):||Scott Corfe, Jake Shepherd|
A healthier future: How to make general practice work better for everyone
This is a collection of essays about general practice in England and its future. The authors offer analysis and prescriptions based on expertise developed working in fields including medicine, NHS management, economics and the Civil Service.
|Published:||08 November 2021|
|Author:||Social Market Foundation|
Women in the Criminal Justice System: a better response to vulnerability
This paper discusses some of the issues facing women in the criminal justice system, and what policymakers can do to ensure a system that better responds to the circumstances and needs of female offenders.
|Published:||23 September 2021|