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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Towards a smarter state

A major debate about the role of the state has opened up in British politics that looks set to define and frame the policy agendas of the major political parties in the run up to the next general election and beyond. Although this debate pre-dates the financial crisis and the deepening recession that has engulfed the economy, such developments will have a profound impact on public services and have already begun to catalyse a fundamental reappraisal of the state, to which all parties must respond.

A major debate about the role of the state has opened up in British politics that looks set to define and frame the policy agendas of the major political parties in the run up to the next general election and beyond. Although this debate pre-dates the financial crisis and the deepening recession that has engulfed the economy, such developments will have a profound impact on public services and have already begun to catalyse a fundamental reappraisal of the state, to which all parties must respond.

To help inform and facilitate this debate ippr and pricewaterhouseCoopers have launched a major new programme of work that aims to set out the practical steps that are needed to deliver a smarter, more effective state.