UCL Policy & Practice Seminar: Lord O'Donnell
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 at 18:00 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
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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UCL Department of Political Science
The Department of Political Science / School of Public Policy is Britain's only department focused on Graduate teaching and research. It 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 School of Public Policy in one of London's most beautiful squares, we are entirely geared towards the needs of Masters and Doctoral students. Our eight Masters degrees and doctoral training programme are recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. With over 400 students, we offer one of the largest politics graduate programmes in the UK.
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