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UCL Policy & Practice Seminar: Lord O'Donnell

UCL Department of Political Science

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 at 18:00 (BST)

UCL Policy & Practice Seminar: Lord O'Donnell

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Lord Gus O'Donnell former head of the Civil Service and Cabinet Secretary will be giving his Inaugural Lecture in his role of visiting Professor at UCL


'Building a Better Government'


The  British Government, like many in advanced  Western economies, faces a pincer movement of ever greater spending pressures coupled with weak revenue growth. The way in which we have responded to issues like ageing,obesity,climate change, and skills shortages, with ever growing expectations that the State should provide the answers, is in stark contrast with the decline in the ability of the state to raise enough finance. We are stuck with a major trading partner that is lurching from one crisis to another. We have an antiquated tax  and benefits system that is no longer fit for purpose. So the short term outlook is bleak. In this lecture I want to paint the picture of the sunny uplands: to describe changes to how we are governed and to our policies that would deliver a more sustainable future with greater wellbeing. And then to bring you down to earth by explaining why these changes are unlikely to happen.

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When & Where

Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
Wilkins Building
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 at 18:00 (BST)

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UCL Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science / School of Public Policy began as Britain's only department focused on graduate teaching and research.

It has enjoyed a period of rapid growth in recent years and now extends its teaching to undergraduates with a policy and methods focused PPE degree, very much in keeping with UCL’s founding tradition in political economy. The department offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of all fields of politics, including international relations, political theory, human rights and public policy-making and administration.

Located in the magnificent Tavistock Square, one of London's most beautiful squares, our ten Masters degrees and doctoral training programme offer a range of opportunities for post-graduate study. With over 450 students, we offer one of the largest politics graduate programmes in the UK. Our PhD programme is supported by ESRC and AHRCstudentships for eligible students. We also offer an exciting BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), with teaching across UCL’s world leading Department of Economics and Philosophy, and which aims to provide breadth and depth in understanding social and political phenomena. In addition, theAffiliate Programme in Political Science and International Relations is open to overseas undergraduate students wishing to study in London. 



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