The West Coast Main Line mess is symptomatic of much wider questions affecting the whole of Whitehall

The Department of Transport was subject to widespread criticism over the inadequacies which became apparent in the West Coast Main Line franchising process. However Peter Riddell argues that these were symptomatic of much broader issues afflicting Whitehall, raising important  questions about the long-term sustainability of the coalition’s changes within the public sector.  Cuts have consequences. That is a central question raised both by the preliminary […]

Improving government accountability— an urgent search without easy solutions

The Government has announced a competition asking for think tanks and academic institutions to bid to undertake a review of how other governments and multilateral organisations are structured and how they operate. Peter Riddell thinks this is a good question, but one without easy answers. The Government is right to look overseas for ideas on alternative structures of ministerial/civil service relations. There is […]

August 22nd, 2012|Peter Riddell|1 Comment|

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