Having promised to cut spending rather than raise taxes to eliminate the deficit while at the same time promising additional spending in a whole host of areas, what can we expect public management to be like over the next five years? In this article, Perri 6 outlines the bleak future ahead, writing that even if public managers survive the next few years, they will still not be […]
How well are GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups equipped to handle contracts with private providers of NHS clinical services? In this article, Colin Leys finds that the case for outsourcing clinical work to private providers continues to lack evidential support, and that there should be an independent enquiry into the capacity of CCGs to handle major new contracts before they are allowed to be […]
In the general election debate about healthcare, all the parties are seeking to portray an NHS protected from major public sector expenditure cuts, with expansion in some areas. But according to Alistair McGuire and John Van Reenen, this is only going to be viable through further efficiency savings of some kind – and even then it is not clear how […]
Bad news for the poor: the British Social Attitudes survey shows a hardening of attitudes towards working age welfare recipients
The public express a high level of concern about poverty but seem happy to cut benefits for the group in the severest need, writes Peter Taylor-Gooby. The British Social Attitudes survey shows that, while the vast majority of respondents believe welfare spending should be either maintained or increased, most people view the welfare state for those of working age with […]
Support for pensioner benefits has fallen considerably since the mid 2000s, find Ben Baumberg and Peter Taylor-Gooby when looking at the British Social Attitudes series. Unexpectedly, the most recent decline (2011-2013) is concentrated on people who read particular newspapers; there is a huge decline in support among readers of broadsheets, whether these are the left-wing broadsheets (the Guardian, Independent and i) or the […]
Straitjacketing the state: Local and national governments have lost power over specific areas of public service governance to Brussels
When it comes to public service delivery, Europeanisation is becoming a ‘ball and chain’ for domestic policy-makers, argues Judith Clifton. She claims that the EU has, gradually and subtly, created an ever more important layer of governance over how public services can be delivered, effectively straightjacketing the state.
For two decades, discussions on how the role of the state is changing […]
Following an agreement last year to devolve powers to the Greater Manchester region and for the creation of a directly elected mayor, George Osborne has announced a new agreement to devolve the NHS to Manchester. In this article, Bob Hudson examines the agreement in depth, explaining that there are four main policy-implementation gaps regarding national governance, regional/local governance, financial governance and democratic governance.
The £6 billion […]
Social mobility under the coalition government: have the life chances of the poorest children improved?
The coalition government has consistently emphasised greater social mobility as one of its central goals. But its attempts to improve life chances for disadvantaged children have been undermined by tax-benefit reforms that have reduced family incomes, and by cuts to services for pre-school children, say Kitty Stewart and Ruth Lupton.
How committed has the coalition government really been to furthering […]