13 November 2019

Pre-election talks with shadow ministers pose challenges for permanent secretaries – but are also an opportunity to meet ambitious manifesto commitments with an early dose of realism, says IfG's...

31 October 2019

Brexit has created a political crisis, but the civil service has stopped it becoming even more destructive, says the former DWP perm sec

18 October 2019

Boris Johnson has hailed his new Brexit deal with the EU ahead of a parliamentary vote tomorrow. What’s changed since the last one?

15 October 2019

Former officials have an increasingly public role in national debate – is that always a good thing? Suzannah Brecknell explores how retired mandarins balance their duty to contribute to the public...

30 September 2019

Alanna Reid, a policy adviser at the Cabinet Office’s public appointments policy team, reports on an intersectionality event held by the Cabinet Office LGBT+ Network and Gender Equality Group as...

18 September 2019

Mallory Compton and Paul ’t Hart argue that knowing what went wrong in the past doesn’t always help governments get things right in the future

5 November 2019

To mark the second annual Geographers in Government conference, Jon Pickstone explains how geographers’ skills can help improve policy and outcomes

5 November 2019

The Department for International Trade has just helped host an international sporting event more than 6,000 miles away. Richard Johnstone finds out how they did it, and why this could the first of...

5 November 2019

CSW's new podcast looks at the dynamics of the most important relationship in government

23 July 2019

Some surprising figures have invited management consultants into Whitehall over the past six decades, although their private-sector expertise has not always been directed where it was needed most...

17 June 2019

Isabel Hardman’s examination of the inhabitants of parliament reveals some of the factors that have contributed to the country’s current crisis, writes Anthony Fitzsimmons

24 May 2019

A vivid account by a meritocratic polymath, Lord Levene’s memoirs leave Peter Hennessy pondering why peacetime Britain produces so few ‘fixers’ of his calibre