Publications Archive

March 11, 2019

by Jack Airey and Richard Blakeway

To address the shortage of homes in and around London, a new government Department for Growth should work with the Mayor of London and partner directly with developers to build 15 new millennial towns in the capital’s commuter belt.

Pencils, ruler, protractor

February 28, 2019

by Tom Richmond

An investigation into T-levels and the wider vocational system


January 29, 2019

by Professor Guglielmo Verdirame and Richard Ekins

“The UK continues to be too timid” in its negotiations with the EU over the Backstop and its relationship to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement

January 28, 2019

by Lord Bew

The Irish Backstop would “turn the Good Friday Agreement on its head”


by Jack Airey

A collection of essays on the design, style and economics of the built environment.

January 21, 2019

by Sir Stephen Laws

It is a mistake to assume that the House of Commons could engineer a change to the law to postpone or cancel Brexit without persuading the Government to acquiesce and participate in securing the change. The risks to which an attempt to do so would give rise include the contravention of fundamental constitutional principles based on centuries of history.

January 19, 2019

by Sir Stephen Laws

Current proposals for Parliament to “take over the process” are based on fundamental misconceptions about the UK constitution, and that makes them both dangerous and wrong. This paper explains how.

Policy Exchange

December 20, 2018

by Sir John Jenkins and Trevor Phillips

Policy Exchange Research Note on Defining Islamophobia

December 17, 2018

by Dr Joanna Williams

Disruptive behaviour in schools is damaging children’s learning and causing an exodus from the teaching profession, poll finds

December 7, 2018

by Jonathan Dupont

What can places across the Midlands do to improve local rates of productivity and prosperity?

December 3, 2018

by Professor Guglielmo Verdirame, Sir Stephen Laws and Richard Ekins

This paper explains how Parliament and Government jointly could mitigate the risk that the backstop becomes a permanent feature of the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

King's African Rifles

by Jonathan Duke-Evans, Richard Ekins, Julie Marionneau and Tom Tugendhat

The ongoing pursuit of historical allegations against UK forces represents a failure on the part of the British state to protect those it asks to serve.

by Jack Airey

A significant increase in the number of homes purpose-built for older people is needed to support the country’s ageing population to live healthily and happily for longer.

Strategic Map

November 28, 2018

by Gabriel Elefteriu

A “Global Britain” engaged in a long-term international competition needs to play a much more efficient and finely tuned strategic game.

November 19, 2018

by Sir Stephen Laws

The Inner House of the Court of Session in Scotland acted wrongly in referring to the Court of Justice of the EU the question of whether the UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50 and so remain in the EU.

November 15, 2018

by Hannah Stuart and Trevor Phillips

Recent years have seen a sustained and significant coarsening of the tone in British politics. Why is this happening? What are the consequences? And what should be done about it?

November 1, 2018

by Dr Graham Gudgin and Ray Bassett

It is the EU’s Brexit position which most threatens the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Hydrogen fuel

September 20, 2018

by Joshua Burke and Matthew Rooney

Scotland and North East England offer the best opportunities for successful hydrogen production hubs, while investment in cost-effective hydrogen production technologies – such as electrolysis – would open up export opportunities and address both the Industrial and Clean Growth strategies, according to the new report from Policy Exchange’s award-winning energy team, with a Foreword from the first elected Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen.

Immigration Enforcement

July 30, 2018

by David Goodhart and Richard Norrie

Brexit and the ending of free movement, the persistent problem of illegal immigration and the need to avoid any repeat of the Windrush scandal, have combined to put some kind of national identity system right back on the political agenda. One option would be to roll out the ID management system now being developed for the 3.6m EU citizens to everyone. The border should also be a higher priority for future public investment, according to a new report by Policy Exchange’s Head of Demography, Immigration and Integration David Goodhart, The Border Audit: A post-Windrush review.

CPTPP flags

July 27, 2018

by Dr Geoff Raby and Warwick Lightfoot

Brexit offers the opportunity to join free trade deals with fast growing economies like members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – but only if the UK is free to make commitments on both goods and services, argues a new essay by Policy Exchange’s Head of Trade Policy Geoff Raby and Head of Economics Warwick Lightfoot.

Mohammed Emwazi

July 25, 2018

by Richard Ekins, Patrick Hennessey, Tom Tugendhat and Khalid Mahmood

The UK urgently needs a new definition of treason that will recognise the nature of the threats we face today, argues a new paper from Policy Exchange, Aiding the Enemy: How and why to restore the law of treason, by Tom Tugendhat MP, Khalid Mahmood MP, Head of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project Professor Richard Ekins and barrister and former army officer Patrick Hennessey.

July 23, 2018

by Christopher Bickerton, Warwick Lightfoot, Dr Graham Gudgin and John Mills

In this new Policy Exchange paper Brexit and the British Growth Model, Dr Christopher Bickerton of Cambridge University argues that post-Brexit we need a new approach to and understanding of economic growth which moves away from a reliance on consumption. He advocates a new social settlement to mediate the relations between individuals, the state and markets.

Carbon Pricing

July 17, 2018

by Matthew Rooney, Joshua Burke, Warwick Lightfoot and Michael Taylor

A economy-wide carbon tax paid by both domestic and international producers would prevent carbon leakage, level the playing field for Britain’s heavy industry, fund a dividend to be paid to taxpayers and tackle climate change, argues the new report from Policy Exchange’s influential Energy unit, The Future of Carbon Pricing: Implementing an independent carbon tax with dividends in the UK. A better approach would reduce the cost of decarbonisation, prevent the offshoring of emissions and make carbon pricing popular.

Trump at NATO

July 9, 2018

by John Bew, Gabriel Elefteriu and Andrew Ehrhardt

The UK cannot be complacent about the continuing existence of NATO: a world without the alliance would be even more fractious and less secure, while giving up on NATO would be “whimsical, reckless, self-harming and self-defeating”, argues a new Policy Exchange paper, Remaking the Case for NATO: Collective Security and the British National Interest ahead of this week’s crucial summit in Brussels.


July 6, 2018

by Michael Taylor

Britain’s competitive and dynamic sea ports are well placed to reap the rewards of growing trade flows in and out of the UK. Around £570 billion in trade passes through Britain’s sea ports and after Brexit this is likely to increase, argues Policy Exchange’s new report Brexit: Prospects for Trade and Britain’s Maritime Ports.  


June 20, 2018

by Jack Airey, Sir Robin Wales and Sir Roger Scruton

The housing crisis will only be solved if the developers of new homes place more emphasis on design and style to gain the support of existing communities, according to exclusive new polling for Policy Exchange.

Smart State

May 29, 2018

by Jonathan Dupont

The UK should become a global hub for ‘GovTech’, with digital technology offering the chance to transform the relationship between the state and the citizen, and create a more efficient, responsive and innovative state, says a new Policy Exchange report The Smart State.

UK flags jigsaw

May 21, 2018

by Arthur Aughey

The State of the Union is a new paper by renowned historian Professor Arthur Aughey, of Ulster University, in which he says by any comparative international standards, the Union has proved both successful and durable as an arrangement of state. When placed in the broadest international context, the United Kingdom can sometimes look like an oddity. But the Union on which it is predicated is a remarkably enduring constitutional arrangement and a surprisingly cohesive national state.

Better Brownfield

May 10, 2018

by Susan Emmett

London needs to build 66,000 new homes a year. But with the population projected to grow by 70,000 a year up to 10.5 million by 2041, London also needs schools, shops, amenities and space for tens of thousands of new jobs. To prepare for and accommodate such levels of growth we must make the very best use of land in the capital. Yet despite the Mayoral drive to increase densities in London, too much space is wasted across the city on sites currently occupied by single-storey big box retail and industrial sheds. In this report we argue for the redevelopment of “Boxland” into genuinely mixed use neighbourhoods where people want to live.


May 9, 2018

by Dr Graham Gudgin and Ray Bassett

The Irish border is not the insoluble obstacle to Brexit negotiations that it has been made out to be and the UK can leave the single market and customs union while preserving a frictionless border in Ireland. This can be achieved by the use of new technology and in the context of a Free Trade Agreement between the UK and EU, in an arrangement that goes beyond the Customs Partnership and in no way threatens the Good Friday Agreement.