The breadth of the University’s expertise and influence on public policy will be showcased during a special week-long series of events running from 28 October till 1 November 2013, otherwise known as Manchester Policy Week. These events will include seminars and workshops run by expert researchers across the University, complemented by keynote events featuring high-profile figures […]
Limit public service competition to non-profits
Post written by Colin Talbot for The Conversation. The idea that competition is better than monopoly provision in public services is now established wisdom among the British political elite. Since the advent of something commonly called “New Public Management” in the early 1980s, privately managed organisations have been taken to be more efficient and innovative […]
Has the Office for Budget Responsibility achieved genuine independence from government?
Having been established by the government to take the politics out of fiscal and economic forecasting, the independence of the Office for Budget Responsibility is fundamental to its credibility and legitimacy. The appointment of Robert Chote as Chair in 2010 appears to have enhanced the OBR’s standing in this regard, but has not completely swept […]