These are challenging times for progressive policymaking. The fallout from the financial crisis and subsequent fiscal constraint has rendered many of the old solutions and methods of working redundant. Reshaping policy in light of the changing world requires new thinking and different solutions that can transcend convention and old alliances.
We closely follow the way in which politics and government interface with public policy. Our research is grounded in what is possible not just financially and organisationally but also politically. As such, we not only keep a close watch on policy changes and current affairs but also study political structures, the machinery of government and how policy making connects with voters. Our work in this field covers psephology, community action, constitutional reform and the modernisation of government.
We have published several reports on local and national election results as well as research on ‘Who governs Britain’, which includes details on the occupational background and interests of MPs. We have also conducted research into voting patterns and voter attitudes, including studies on the political parties such as ‘Reading the local runes’ and ‘Red Alert’.
The Institute is interested in the nature of citizenship and Britishness. In the past we have published reports on immigration, social cohesion and national identity.