• The last word on Piketty

    Policy Exchange was delighted to host an all-star panel to discuss what the lasting influence of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century will be. Chaired by Newsnight presenter Evan Davis, the panel included the FT's economics editor Chris Giles, political strategist and Labour adviser John McTernan and economic historian Prof. Deirdre McCloskey.

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    The last word on Piketty
  • Freeing Housing Associations

    Housing associations are being stifled by unnecessary red tape that is preventing them from building 100,000 new homes a year. The government should create a new category of 'Free Housing Associations', that are able to set their own rent policy, choose their own tenants and manage their housing stock with greater autonomy.

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    Housing Associations
  • Liz Truss launches National Pollinators Strategy

    In her first set-piece speech on the environment since taking office, DEFRA Secretary of State Liz Truss launched the National Pollinators Strategy - designed to revive bee and other pollinator populations - at Policy Exchange.

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    Liz Truss speech
  • Electoral Omission

    The administration of elections in the UK is dangerously inefficient and open to fraud - there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers by the 2015 General Election. This report calls for targets for the maximum number of omissions and errors in the electoral register, annual checks to measure accuracy and small council tax rebates to encourage people to complete and return their voter registration forms.  Read more

    The Electoral Commission
  • Wolfson Economics Prize 2014

    The second Wolfson Economics Prize was awarded to David Rudlin of URBED. His entry, which proposed extending existing cities according to garden city principles, was unanimously voted the winner by the Judges.

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    Wolfson Economics Prize

In the news

  • 21 November 2014 | The English reformation

    • The Economist cites Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, commenting on proposed changes to NHS primary care from NHS boss Simon Stevens. Whilst the plan does not explicitly mention it, Thomas points out that many of its ambitions can only be achieved through greater use of privatisation.

  • 19 November 2014 | Map reading

    • Inside Housing's Jules Birch discusses Policy Exchange's Freeing Housing Associations report in an extensive article. The report shows how allowing housing associations to buy out of certain regulations will allow them to double their capacity to provide new homes to 100,000 a year.

New publications

  • 12 November 2014 | Freeing Housing Associations: Better financing, more homes

    • Housing associations are being stifled by unnecessary red tape that prevents them from building 100,000 new homes a year – a third of the total housing supply needed to keep up with demand. The government should create a new category of 'Free Housing Associations', that are able to set their own rent policy, choose their own tenants and manage their housing stock with greater autonomy.

  • 23 October 2014 | Electoral Omission

    • Electoral Omission highlights how the administration of elections in the UK remains dangerously inefficient and open to fraud and predicts that there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers at the time of next year's General Election. The report recommends the introduction of targets for the maximum number of omissions and errors in the electoral register and annual checks to measure accuracy, along with small council tax rebates to encourage people to complete and return their voter registration forms.

Blogs

  • 19 November 2014 | Specialisation and technology can transform the modern day GP surgery

    • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, argues that technology and stratification are the key to improving general practice. Allowing patients to hold their records and interact with medical professional online could reduce the need for face-to-face appointments. And GPs should stop trying to be all things to all people and specialise instead - the needs of young working age people are quite different from elderly people with chronic illness.

  • 14 November 2014 | Ministers and policymakers have accepted that “one size fits all” is no longer suitable in today’s NHS

    • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, sets out why a national approach may not be the most effective way to deliver coordinated health and care services. In a system based on local innovation, and local leadership and ownership of change, Ministers and policymakers need to accept that "one size fits all" is no longer suitable in today's NHS. 

Latest Events

  • 11 November 2014 | The last word on Piketty

    • Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is easily the most talked about economics book of the year, if not the decade. In this public panel discussion, Policy Exchange brings together some of the leading voices on Piketty’s work to discuss what its lasting influence will be.

  • 10 November 2014 | Markets for the Many? How Capitalism Changed the World

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to host Professor Deirdre McCloskey for a speech on how capitalism has changed the world. Professor McCloskey argues that capitalism – or ‘market-tested innovation’, in her words – has increased the standard of living of the average worker by a factor of at least sixteen. The event will be chaired by Matt Ridley.