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

  • 31 July 2014 | Some tips for the party leaders’ conference speeches

    • Nick Faith, Policy Exchange's Director of Communications, sets out how this autumn's party conference speeches offer party leaders the opportunity to deliver a clear and strong message to the electorate ahead of the 2105 general election. Nick argues that if the political parties really want the electorate to pay detailed attention then bold ideas in the autumn could offer them the best opportunity.

  • 24 July 2014 | Why younger voters are moving to the right

    • Nick Faith, Policy Exchange's Director of Communications, looks at the changing outlook of younger voters, and argues that parties ignore younger voters at the expense of the old at their peril. Nick suggests a batch of policies that will appeal to younger voters, including more and better quality homes, extending the NI exemption to 25 year olds to stimulate youth employment and improving the quality of childcare.

Latest Government Event

  • 15 September 2014 | The Too Difficult Box: The Big Issues Politicians Can't Crack with Charles Clarke

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to welcome former Home Secretary Charles Clarke to discuss his new book, The Too Difficult Box. The book brings together a cast of heavy hitters from the worlds of politics, academia and public service, to write expansively and persuasively on some of society’s most insidious problems, too often kicked into the long grass because of their apparent insolubility.

  • 16 June 2014 | The Inaugural Disraeli Prize, presented to Hon Jason Kenney MP

    • Policy Exchange was delighted to award Hon Jason Kenney MP, Canada’s Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, with its inaugural Disraeli Prize. The Prize was presented by Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove.