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

  • 07 October 2014 | Tories’ rights guru calls for ‘grown-up’ debate

    • The Law Gazette runs an article on Policy Exchange's Senior Consultant on Constitutional Affairs Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky calling for a mature debate about Britain’s relationship with the ECHR, following the publication of a strategy document last week setting out plans to put more power in the hands of national governments.

  • 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.

Latest Government Publications

  • 23 October 2014 | Electoral Omission

    • Electoral Omission highlights how the administration of elections in the UK remains dangerously inefficient and open to fraud and predicts that there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers at the time of next year's General Election. The report recommends the introduction of targets for the maximum number of omissions and errors in the electoral register and annual checks to measure accuracy, along with small council tax rebates to encourage people to complete and return their voter registration forms.

  • 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.

Latest Government & Politics Blogs

  • 03 October 2014 | The Conservatives have to make greater inroads into our cities

    • Following an event at the Conservative Party Conference 2014 on how the Conservatives can win more urban seats, Policy Exchange Director of Communications Nick Faith reflects on some of the key recommendations the event threw up.

  • 24 September 2014 | Labour’s star speaker isn’t such a star

    • Nick Faith, Policy Exchange's Director of Communications, considers Labour’s choice of guest speaker at this year's Labour Party Conference. Nick argues that the decision to invite Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, is not a particularly wise one, considering Mayor de Blasio’s record of raising taxes, unfunded spending commitments and caving in to militant trade unions.

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