Len Shackleton
9 March 2011
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When top-up fees were introduced in England and Wales in 2006-7, squeamishness amongst MPs was mitigated by an obligation placed on universities and colleges to sign ‘access agreements...
Philip Booth
25 February 2011

The government talks a good decentralisation game and, no doubt, there are some good things happening. However, we need more coherence across this field of policy. There are 'easy hits...
Nick Hayns
22 February 2011

Last night’s really rather depressing Dispatches programme, on Channel 4, ended with a rousing signal to arms, a clarion call from journalist Mark Sparrow for there to be “a patients...
Kristian Niemietz
4 February 2011

One of the most important skills in the political tug-of-war is the ability of those involved in debate to convey the impression that their personal interests are really the interests of...
David Cowan
18 January 2011
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Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Bill promises the biggest top down reorganisation of the NHS since its inception. This is a consummation of the reforms that have been implemented since...
Philip Booth
17 December 2010

The Government is pressing ahead with another reorganisation of the National Health Service. It is unlikely this reordering of our essentially bureaucrat-driven model will set the world alight....
Mark Littlewood
15 December 2010

Michael Gove’s free schools programme has been heralded as the cutting edge of the coalition’s structural reform programme. Removing the dead hand of the state and allowing new schools...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
15 December 2010

Should for-profit free schools be banned? The UK debate regarding this issue has so far provided heated rhetoric, but little evidence to back it up. In an IEA discussion paper, released today, I...
Terry Arthur
14 December 2010

As a fellow international rugby player (who also went to a grammar school) perhaps I may be allowed to put the case against Brian Moore’s passionate argument for the retention of ring-fencing...
Patrick Basham
9 December 2010

Notwithstanding David Cameron’s infatuation with nudging, the in-vogue tool would appear to have little merit as a guiding principle of policymaking. The Department of Health’s new...
Kristian Niemietz
3 December 2010
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The coalition has set up a ring-fenced fund, with a budget eventually increasing to £600m, to improve access to cancer drugs. Given the UK’s poor ranking in international studies on...
Amul Pandya
13 November 2010

This week’s protests over a proposed rise in university tuition fees demonstrate the long term problem of how reliance on the state creates an unjustified sense of entitlement. Although...
Mark Littlewood
28 October 2010

Much of the analysis of the Comprehensive Spending Review focused on the big picture and the multi-billion pound savings the coalition hopes to make in a wide range of areas – most obviously...
Tom Papworth
26 October 2010

In January, Paul Collier, an economics professor who has frequently been published by the IEA, wrote a controversial article for The Independent on how to reform education in the UK, and on 11...
Charles K. Rowley
19 October 2010

Since the end of World War II, top British universities have experienced relative decline in the international league tables. Most especially, the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford have really...
Bruno Prior
18 October 2010

The purpose of markets is to discover the clearing price at which supply and demand balance. Demand is not simply what people want, but what they choose to put their scarce resources towards in...
Andres Jonathan Drew
13 October 2010

Policy inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources. Quebec, a bastion of statist corporatism with a distinctly ineffective, underachieving economic system, looks like the sick man of North...
Liberty Fitz-Claridge
8 October 2010

A British company has devised a scheme of one-to-one maths tuition in which teachers in India are connected to pupils in the UK using online technology similar to an interactive whiteboard. For...
Kristian Niemietz
30 September 2010

Should the NHS bribe people into leading healthy lives? Should there be cash incentives paid out when people eat less junk food, quit smoking, drink less alcohol etc? In a BBC News Channel debate...
James Stanfield
28 September 2010

After travelling the country visiting schools and talking to head teachers, school children, parents and education experts, John Humphrys has concluded that parental choice “is simply not...