Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Better Government by Gus O'Donnell

In the latest issue of the Political Quarterly, Gus O'Donnell lays out his plans for better government.

"My aim here is to propose some of the key reforms that I believe would lead to better government. As you would expect given my work championing the use of wellbeing as the objective of policy, better government for me is a government that enhances wellbeing. But I also believe that better processes also matter, so we need to worry about the ‘how’ as well as the ‘what’ of government achievements."

You can read the full article here.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Making Capitalism Fit for Society

Medical Sciences Building, University College London UCL, Thursday 30 January, 2014, 5.30 pm. You can register here.


The Political Quarterly, in conjunction with the department of Politics at UCL and The Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life at Birkbeck are hosting a public debate about Colin Crouch's new book Making Capitalism Fit for Society on 30 January 2014 at 5.30 pm in Bloomsbury.

In his book, Colin offers ways of challenging neo-liberalism. He argues that accepting capitalism need not mean we have to accept the full neo-liberal agenda of unfettered markets and absent social provision. He offers instead a vision of a more assertive social democracy with a range of policy options. The book builds on the ideas that Colin has been developing and advocating since his Post Democracy (2004). It has attracted considerable attention in Germany, Austria and Scandinavia where its proposals are being debated across the political left. We think that the debate should be brought to the UK.

Panellists are: David Coen (UCL), Helen Thompson (Cambridge), Andrew Gamble (Cambridge), Virginie Guiraudon (Sciences Po) and chair Tony Wright (Birkbeck and UCL).

For more information about the event please contact Emma Anderson and register here.