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Culture and values at the heart of policymaking: An insider's guide

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A virtual book launch hosted by the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR)

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Why do so many government policies fail to achieve their objectives? Why are our political leaders not held to account for policy failures?

Join us for the launch of 'Culture and values at the heart of policymaking: An insider’s guide' - a new book from Stephen Muers.

He draws on his years of experience as a senior government policymaker, as well as global research - with examples ranging from the collapse of the Soviet Union to Cold-War Germany, the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum - to expose the crucial impact culture and values have on policy success and political accountability.

This illuminating study sets out why policymakers need to take culture seriously and how culture and values shape the political system, and presents essential practical recommendations for what governments should do differently.

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Stephen Muers is Head of Strategy and Market Development at Big Society Capital. He has held a series of senior roles in government. Most recently he was Director of Criminal Justice Policy at the Ministry of Justice, and he has also worked in the Cabinet Office, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, and the Homes and Communities Agency, among others.

He has been a non-executive director of an NHS trust, a Visiting Fellow at the IPR, University of Bath, and has published several papers on policymaking and public services. He is also a Trustee of the Friends Provident Foundation.

Jill Rutter is a Senior Research Fellow at the UK in a Changing Europe. Previously, she was Programme Director at the Institute for Government (IfG) directing the organisation’s work on better policymaking and Brexit. She is an experienced former senior civil servant, having worked in HM Treasury, Number 10 and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). Jill’s writing is frequently in the media and she is a regular commentator on radio and television.

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