Government has a vital role
in every country, yet to varying degrees, government is failing to function at its
The fundamental challenge is making sure that all
government programs are as effective as possible in
achieving their objectives. Government has a unique
position in societies but it is this primary role
that makes it extremely vulnerable to under-performance.
Governments suffer from the failings of monopoly,
however, for various reasons the "regulatory" functions that
legislatures should perform, are insufficient
to deliver corrective action.
As a result countries get stuck with policies and
programs that are outdated and inefficient. Society
moves on but government far from leading, falls further
and further behind. The power of government is
diminished and dissipated, its resources and potential
wasted, the opportunities for improvement lost.
The Better Government Program is about how to
deliver step changes in the performance of
government in ways that are politically acceptable.
Chris Prior - Program Director for more information.
"failing policies and programs are the
curse of effectiveness and efficiency"
"the argument is not about big versus small
government, it is good versus bad, what
works and what doesn't"
"governments are so important that even a
small improvement can have a dramatic impact
on national prosperity"