BGI Papers

The Better Government Initiative (BGI) was active from 2007 to 2018. You can find all of its publications, freely accessible, here.

Evidence to the PACAC Inquiry into Strategic Leadership in the Civil Service

Written evidence offered by the BGI in response to the PACAC inquiry into strategic leadership in the civil service, and the goal of building future service capacity. The document outlines the BGI’s conclusions, including the belief that civil … [Read more...] about Evidence to the PACAC Inquiry into Strategic Leadership in the Civil Service

Evidence to the PACAC Inquiry into Government Decision-Making

Written evidence offered by the BGI in response to the PACAC inquiry into safeguards for proper government decision-making. Driven by the publication of the Chilcot Report, the document analyses the decision-making processes used by the government … [Read more...] about Evidence to the PACAC Inquiry into Government Decision-Making

Evidence to the PACAC Inquiry on Civil Service Effectiveness and Capacity

Written evidence offered by the BGI in response to the 2017 PACAC inquiry into the effectiveness and capacity of the Civil Service. The BGI’s conclusions regarding this enquiry are presented, and include the beliefs that the civil service does not … [Read more...] about Evidence to the PACAC Inquiry on Civil Service Effectiveness and Capacity

Evidence to the PAC Inquiry Into Civil Service Capability

Written evidence offered by the BGI in response to the Public Accounts Committee Inquiry into Civil Service Capability. The document looks at what the BGI considers the urgent and pressing concerns that the Civil Service is not sufficiently staffed … [Read more...] about Evidence to the PAC Inquiry Into Civil Service Capability

There May Be Trouble Ahead – The Civil Service in a Post Truth World

An article by Sir Richard Mottram, first posted on the LSE’s British Politics and Policy Blog, regarding the issues faced by the Civil Service in modern society, and on the differences between their actual role and the role some believe them to have. … [Read more...] about There May Be Trouble Ahead – The Civil Service in a Post Truth World

Evidence to the HoL Inquiry into the Legislative Process

Written evidence offered by the BGI in response to the House of Lords Constitution Committee inquiry into the legislative process. The evidence looks at the standards the BGI believes should apply to new legislation as well as the compliance … [Read more...] about Evidence to the HoL Inquiry into the Legislative Process

Using the Prerogative for Major Constitutional Change: The United Kingdom Constitution and Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union

In the wake of the ‘leave’ outcome of the European Union (EU) referendum on 23 June, a key focus of interest is upon the manner in which the United Kingdom (UK) can give constitutional as well as legal effect to that outcome. Law is a necessary … [Read more...] about Using the Prerogative for Major Constitutional Change: The United Kingdom Constitution and Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union