Government & Politics

  • Government & Politics

    Empowering the citizen

    Working for a stronger democracy, with more genuine power being devolved to local people.

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    About Government & Politics
  • US Mid-terms 2014

    Does economic recovery aid incumbent parties?

    AFPX was delighted to welcome distinguished American political commentators Michael Barone, David Frum and Lawrence B. Lindsey for an event on the 2014 mid-terms. The event examined the electoral prospects for the Democrats and Republicans, with particular emphasis on whether America's growing economy will provide a boost for the Democrat's chances.  Watch / listen to event

    US mid-terms
  • Reforming Public Appointments

    Equality policies set up under the last government are failing to promote people from working class communities to public office. Our new report calls for an extension of the entire equalities policy to increase representation of people from routine and manual occupational backgrounds, and for greater transparency about the membership of interviewing panels for public appointments.  Read more

    Working class in the public bodies
  • In It Together

    The Inside Story of the Coalition Government

    Matthew d'Ancona, award-winning political columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, joined Jesse Norman MP at Policy Exchange to discuss his latest book In It Together: The Inside Story of the Coalition Government exploring the key relationships, policy shifts and dramatic fights within the Coalition.  Watch a video of the event

    Inside the Coalition
  • Margaret Thatcher: Mother of modernisation?

    Policy Exchange was pleased to host Michael Gove, Peter Mandelson and Thatcher's official biographer Charles Moore to examine Margaret Thatcher's legacy.

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    Read our tribute to Margaret Thatcher

    Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013

Latest Government & Politics in the news

  • 23 June 2014 | Osborne looks to the North

    • Following George Osborne's proposals to boost Northern cities, findings from Policy Exchange's Northern Lights report that the Conservatives have a specific electoral problem with Northern cities (rather than a simple North/South divide) are cited by Harry Phibbs in ConservativeHome.

  • 18 June 2014 | PM backs Michael Gove but suggests former aide was a 'career psychopath'

    • Prime Minister David Cameron's recent speech at Policy Exchange's summer party is covered by The Guardian. The Prime Minister made an impassioned case for tackling all forms of extremism (rather than just the violent kinds) and that it was important to "win this argument as comprehensively as we have over the economy".

Latest Government Publications

  • 13 December 2013 | Reforming Public Appointments

    • Reforming Public Appointments shows that equality policies set up under the last government are failing to promote people from working class communities to public office. It calls for an extension of the entire equalities policy to increase representation of people from routine and manual occupational backgrounds, and for greater transparency about the membership of interviewing panels for public appointments.

  • 16 July 2012 | What's In A Name? Is there a case for equal marriage?

    • What’s In A Name? Is there a case for equal marriage? looks at the social, historic and legal arguments for and against gay marriage. It argues that marriage could be a particularly powerful institution for many young gay people – encouraging fidelity and commitment, providing role models and a strong support structure.

Latest Government & Politics Blogs

  • 16 June 2014 | How Canadian Conservatives won over minority voters

    • Prior to Policy Exchange's awarding of the inaugural Disraeli Prize to Canadian minister Jason Kenney, Rishi Sunak examines Kenney's success in changing perceptions of ethnic minorities towards Canada's Conservatives.

  • 22 May 2014 | Will US-style campaign technology provide the winning edge in 2015?

    • Guy Miscampbell, Policy Exchange's Economics & Social Policy Research Fellow, looks to see what lessons the UK can learn from US-style campaigning technology. Guy argues that, whilst the funding gap between US and UK election campaigning is massive, UK parties could implement important elements, such as increasing mining for electorally useful data.

Latest Government Event