Welcome to issue 14 of Civil Service Quarterly, which takes as its theme 'Economics in government'. We open with a feature from Treasury economists Henry Shennan and Dominic Muir, who use a series of charts to illustrate the UK productivity challenge.
Civil Service Quarterly interviews Robert Chote, Chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), about the role of the OBR and the challenges it faces.
Steve Darling, Head of Better Regulation at Defra, describes an innovative approach to managing the department's stock of legislation and the benefits of easier access to it.
Richard Banks, Head of the Policy Profession Support Unit, and Helen Anderson, Government Office for Equality, consider how the Civil Service can use knowledge-sharing to help policy professionals learn and develop.
Conrad Bird, Director of the ‘GREAT’ campaign at the Department for International Trade (DIT), explains how they measure its impact.
Exploring Economics is a cross-Civil Service network for increasing awareness and understanding of economics among civil servants and breaking down barriers to smarter economics in government. Thomas Bearpark, Andrew Heron and Ben Glover of the Government Economic Service (GES) explain the principles behind its creation.
Defra Chief Economist John Curnow sets out the insights that economics can provide for environmental policy and the important new approaches being developed on natural capital.
Tom Gelderd, one of the officials who advised on the creation of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, looks at why it’s needed, how it has evolved and the challenges it has faced in the months leading up to its publication.
Alex Aiken, Executive Director, Government Communications, reflects on the success of Civil Service Live and the purpose and benefit of collective learning.
Treasury economists Henry Shennan and Dominic Muir use a series of annotated charts to illustrate the scale of the UK’s productivity challenge.
A personal view on the use of data in government from Dr David Halpern, Chief Executive of social purpose company the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT).