So many books, so little time…
Chances are if you’ve met me I’ve recommended a book to you!
It’s also quite likely that I couldn’t quite remember the title or the name of the author and so you find yourself on my resources page. I hope you find what you’re looking for here, but if not do please pop me an e-mail and I’ll try to point you in the right direction. I’m also happy to take recommendations of things that you think should be added to this list.
Public Administration & Policy
How to Run a Government by Michael Barber
15 Minutes of Power by Peter Riddell
Constitutional History of the UK by Ann Lyon
Megaphone Bureaucracy: Speaking truth to power in the age of the new normal by Dennis C. Grube
More Human: Designing a world where people come first by Steve Hilton
The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs private sector myths by Mariana Mazzucato
The Blunders of our Governments by Anthony King & Ivor Crewe
A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis by Eugene Bardach
Evaluation for the Real World by Colin Palfrey, Paul Thomas and Ceri Phillips
Analysing Pubic Policy by Peter John
Administrative Behaviour by Herbert A. Simon
Real World Evaluation by Michael Bamberger, Jim Rugh and Linda Mabry
5 images of the policy process - just one of a whole series of brilliant resources by Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling
Apolitical - Resources for public sector learning
Centre for Public Impact has many good things, including this on public policy successes.
Using stories to shape public policy - a LSE blog based on work of academics Michael D. Jones and Deserai Crow
Move fast and fix things: how to be a Public Sector Entrepreneur - a fab report by the RSA.
Measuring the Good: Handbook - from the coalition for Efficiency and Volunteering Matters this is a guide for measuring social impact and organisational performance.
For more on the ‘standard’ Government approach in the UK – check out the Treasury’s recently republished guidance on policy development: The Green Book. (There are book of other colours too, Orange for Risk and Magenta for designing evaluation.
Government Outsourcing Playbook - with lots of useful insights for policy development & delivery.
Constitution, Parliament and Brexit
Read anything and everything by the Institute for Government, especially their Brexit and Policy stuff.
The Perfect Storm: The United Kingdom, Brexit and its History (Podcast) BBC Radio 4 Briefing Room
The Times Red Box Podcast - the special on the House of Lords is particularly useful
On Amending Retained EU Law after Brexit from the University Of Edinburgh’s Europa Institute
Managing Complexity in the Public Services by Phil Haynes
Complexity: A very short introduction by John H. Holland
Complexity Theory & the Social Sciences by David Byrne & Gill Callaghan
Dealing with Dilemmas by Frank Buytendijk
The clock and the cat - a podcast series on complexity
Creating and communicating social research for policymakers in government (2019) by Jessica H. Phoenix, Lucy Atkinson & Hannah Baker
Seven implications of seeing organisations as complex systems by Sonjia Blignaut
Innovating in Complexity - an interesting set of blogs by Dominic Hoffstetter
The practice of systems leadership: being comfortable with chaos - a great report from the Kings Fund.
Complexity theory and the New Public Management - an article by Tim Blackman
Social Impact Bonds: Complexity wrapped in Conformity blog by Adrian Brown at the Centre for Public Impact
Scenario Planning, a field guide to the future by Woody Wade
Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy by Robert Geyer and Paul Cairney
Rethinking Public Strategy by Sean Lusk
Visual Strategy by Bryson, Ackermann and Eden
The Strategy Workout by Bernard Ross and Clare Segal
Strategic Thinking in Complex Problem Solving by Arnaud Chevallier
Managing for Happiness by Jurgen Appelo
Thrive by Richard Layard and David M. Clark
Happiness by Richard Layard
Flourish by Martin Seligman
10 Keys to Happier Living by Vanessa King
The Hidden Wealth of Nations by David Halpern
What Works Centre for Wellbeing - the very brilliant hub for all things evidence and wellbeing.
Policy Tools: How to measure wellbeing impacts and cost effectiveness - an online training resource from the wonderful folks at the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.
Action for Happiness - for some brilliant resources, including (my favourite) their Happy Calendar
Kindness, emotions and human relationships, the blindspot in public policy. A report form the Carnegie Trust