Publications Archive

July 28, 2011

by Guy Newey

Based on interviews with 22 energy experts and analysis of current policy, Boosting Energy IQ finds the UK’s overlapping climate policies are unnecessarily complex. Moreover, they have created multiple carbon prices across the non-domestic sector. This risks making overall carbon reductions more expensive.

July 4, 2011

by Simon Less

Untapped Potential identifies reforms to regulatory arrangements for abstraction and water supply, to better protect rivers and natural environments at lower costs.

June 20, 2011

by Ralph Hartley

There are many challenges facing the government and all providers of higher education and higher skills. This report looks at three problems, and argues that Further Education Colleges can play a strong role in responding to all three.

June 15, 2011

by Simon Moore

Climate Change Policy – Time for Plan B proposes high level changes in UK and EU policy, with the aim of developing a “Plan B” Climate Policy that would better reflect the new and potentially dangerous circumstances we find ourselves in.

June 13, 2011

by Rory Geoghegan, Edward Boyd and Blair Gibbs

Inside Job maps out what real work in prison should look like and what needs to change in the current prison system to make it a reality.

June 5, 2011

by Ed Holmes and Matthew Oakley

This note examines the evolution of pay and conditions during 2010 and what the prospects are for these moving forward. It shows that public sector pay is higher and continued to grow faster than private sector pay during 2010 and that significant reforms will need to be made to limit job losses in the public sector and to achieve equity and fairness in the labour market.

May 20, 2011

by Matthew Oakley

No Rights Without Responsibility argues that conditions on benefit claimants should be increased so that they have to spend more time each week looking for a job.

Policy Exchange

May 5, 2011

by Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky

This new research note surveys existing work on the subject to show that the Alternative Vote system would create far more problems than it has a hope of solving.

by Simon Moore and Simon Less

2020 Hindsight examines 16 different plans for achieving the UK target of an 80% cut in carbon emissions by 2050. None of the models showed that the UK’s commitment to producing 35% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 was needed to reach its carbon target.

May 4, 2011

by Matthew Oakley and Neil O'Brien

Tackling the Causes of Poverty is Policy Exchange’s response to the government’s child poverty consultation. It recommends replacing the current, income-based, measures of poverty with new, wider, measures that reflect the multi-dimensional and complex causes of poverty for both adults and children.

Policy Exchange

April 24, 2011

by Neil O'Brien

Just Deserts? examines public attitudes towards fairness, poverty and welfare reform. What do we think “fairness” is? Extensive new research finds British voters believe that fairness is about getting what you deserve, not about equality.

April 22, 2011

by Alex Massey and James Groves

Best Behaviour proposes policies on discipline and exclusion which will protect those pupils whose education is harmed by the misbehaviour of others, whilst ensuring that the needs of all children are effectively addressed.

April 15, 2011

by William Bratton (Hon) CBE and Blair Gibbs

The publication is a record of remarks made by Bill Bratton during his visit to the UK in November 2010 including a major speech to Policy Exchange. In the speech he described his experiences in reforming police organisations and fighting crime in New York and Los Angeles and the lessons it offers to police leaders everywhere.

by Policy Exchange

Implementing GP Commissioning suggests that the Health and Social Care Bill’s proposals to abolish every Primary Care Trust (PCT) by 2013 could lead to the new structure replicating the existing system in all but name. The report says that by slowing down the proposed reforms, the potential to deliver real and lasting transformation in the NHS is enormous.

Policy Exchange

March 24, 2011

by Policy Exchange

Policy Exchange responds to the measures announced in Budget 2011.

March 17, 2011

by Alex Morton

More Homes: Fewer Empty Buildings proposes that, as part of a strategy for growth, the government should reform the Use Classes Order to make it much easier to move buildings and land from Use Classes A (retail) and B (employment) to C3 (dwelling houses).

March 7, 2011

by Rory Geoghegan and Blair Gibbs

Police Overtime Expenditure examines the significant variance in overtime between police forces in England & Wales.

February 17, 2011

by Dr Andrew Lilico

On Fairness offers a concrete, simple and intuitive notion of what it means to be fair: that being fair is a special kind of being proportionate, with particular application in respect of equality, proportionality, and desert.

February 7, 2011

by Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky and Blair Gibbs

This report explores the judicial landscape of the UK’s three supreme courts – in London, in Strasbourg and in Luxembourg (the European Court of Justice) – and the new human rights context in which the judiciary and politicians now operate.

December 22, 2010

by Alex Massey

Universities could reduce potential student debt or protect teaching and research by being more imaginative about how they are run. The study calls for the HE sector to outsource functions like maintenance and accommodation that have little to do with education.

December 20, 2010

by Dr Andrew Lilico

Bank Creditors, Moral Hazard and Systemic Risk Regulation argues that there should be a semi-automatic procedure to recapitalise troubled banks whereby bank bonds are converted into equity.

December 15, 2010

by Policy Exchange

Planning Curses shows how despite efforts to streamline planning, vital projects are not going ahead because of over-elaborate and unrealistic economic predictions.

December 14, 2010

by Simon Less

Britain’s electricity market is being hamstrung by too much regulation and uncertainty, according to a new study from Policy Exchange.

December 10, 2010

by Robert McIlveen and Natalie Evans

This report tests the Alternative Vote in six key areas: proportionality; safe seats; decisive results; wasted votes; tactical voting and MPs being elected on less than 50% of the vote and finds that in only one (the latter) does it constitute an improvement over First Past the Post.

by Robert McIlveen and Natalie Evans

Local Seats for Local People? finds that the Boundary Review process in the UK is inefficient and produces undemocratic results. The report sets out proposals which will drastically reduce the time taken to conduct a review, depoliticise the process and ultimately improve representation.

November 26, 2010

by Ralph Hartley

This report considers potential reforms to the approach to SEN in England in the context of broader educational issues and policy changes. It also considers specific problems such as what SEN is, and how the government should approach inclusion before making further recommendations to improve assessment, funding and provision.

November 25, 2010

by Max Chambers, Henry Featherstone and Lilly Whitham

Incentivising Wellness shows how the NHS can save tens of billions of pounds while also taking better care of one of the UK’s fastest-growing diseases – diabetes.

by Blair Gibbs

Fitting the Crime: Reforming Community Sentences exposes how community sentences are failing to properly penalise or deter offenders and do not command public trust.

November 22, 2010

by Alice Harber

Faith Schools We Can Believe In proposes key structural, legislative and contractual changes to the way in which both the Department for Education and Ofsted work in preventing schools coming under extremist influence.