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Home » Library » Committee Hearing Testimony – PASC, 16 December 2008

Governmental decision making takes place in an ever-changing policy environment. But how effective are the government at making and implementing policies and seeing them delivered successfully?  Do the public trust the government to make the best choices? And, how can we assess and improve governmental performance?Prof. Christopher Hood, ESRC Public Services Programme Director, and Prof. Colin Talbot, Programme Fellow, were two of four eminent experts on British government invited to give evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee, informing their inquiry into Good Government, on Tuesday 16 December 2008.

Representing the Programme, Christopher Hood helped to introduce a discussion about the quality of governance in British public services and where Britain and a number of other countries ranked regarding different public services. This stimulated debate about the relative value of ranking as a measure of quality.

In previous sessions evidence has been given by senior civil servants, governmental watchdog leaders and members of parliament including:  Ann Abraham, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman; Steve Bundred, Chief Executive, Audit Commission; Zenna Atkins, Chair of Ofsted; Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, former Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and former Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister; Rt Hon David Blunkett MP; Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP; Rt Hon Peter Lilley and Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP.Further details can be found are available on the Select Committee website.