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Rick Muir is associate director for public service reform at IPPR.
The Independent Police Commission sets out a bold vision to deliver fair and effective policing in straitened times.
To deal with complex problems, we need a complete reconfiguration of public services, with a shift from the 'delivery state' to the 'relational state'.
With further cuts to higher education and 40 per cent of student loans unlikely to be repaid, the parties need to agree on a sustainable funding system.
In the US the tide on criminal justice reform has started to turn as conservatives recognise the huge inefficiency of the prison system. Could the same happen here?
These poorly organised elections should not obscure the need for greater devolution.
The PM's "tough and intelligent" approach is welcome. But it is hard to see it working when so many local services are being cut back.
How Labour improved inner city schools.
There is no significant evidence for the benefits of competition in education.
We should be much clearer about where outsourcing is not in the national interest.
Reform will get nowhere if it starts and ends with confrontation with the workforce.