The coalition government beefed up the role of departmental non-executives, and have encouraged talented people into the posts. But many gave found the roles frustrating and there is room to strengthen their contribution
The coalition government beefed up the role of departmental non-executives, and have encouraged...
Not picking up the Slack: Whitehall instant messaging clampdown reveals lack of trust in civil servants
Group chat services can make civil servants more efficient by reducing email overload. If government does not embrace them, it will lose out
For people working in government, getting on with the task at hand should not be a morality-free process, says Claire Foster-Gilbert
OPINION: From spad to good? After Timothy and Hill, now is the time to end government by fear and abuse
The former DWP permanent secretary argues for a return to civility in the corridors of power, and offers his tips for preventing the ascendance of overmighty special advisers whose presence crushes open debate and discussion
For a public sector only just beginning to adapt to the demands of digital data, the looming General Data Protection Regulation obligations could be alarming. Jane Roberts of Toplevel asks how the GDPR will differ from existing legislation
Recording the extent of Whitehall's long-hours culture is the first step to a better deal for civil servants
There is an increasing clamour for a constitutional convention in the UK to review devolution and design a post-Brexit blueprint. Alan Renwick and Robert Hazell set out the key features for such a review.
Martin Stanley recalls his own shift into the world of watchdogs and introduces his new ‘Understanding Regulation’ website
Prime minister Theresa May can’t afford to shut herself off from good, impartial advice
Dan Corry, former special adviser and head of the charity think tank NPC, argues that the public and charity sectors must learn from each other as they face joint challenges of capacity, governance and transformation
Over-zealous application of 'purdah' rules are having worrying consequences for environmental discussions, argues Bob Ward of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Brexit isn’t the only difficult issue that next month’s vote needs to fix
Last week's cyber hack exploited weaknesses in widely used computing systems across the public sector, particularly the NHS. Leaders need to get better at evaluating the small risk of very serious harm and getting vulnerabilities onto ministerial agendas