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.

If you’re on twitter you can find me @pashleyfisher where I regularly use #civilservicelearning and #policyreading to tag interesting material.

For ideas on who to follow for the best ideas in the policy / Gov space take a look at my lists; Policy #designthinthing and Westminster Policy. 

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

Radical Help: How we can remake the relationship between us and revolutionise the welfare state by Hilary Cottam

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

Constitution, Parliament and Brexit



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

Strategic Thinking

Scenario Planning, a field guide to the future by Woody Wade

Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy by Robert Geyer and Paul Cairney

The Art of Public Strategy: Mobilizing Power and Knowledge for the Common Good by Geoff Mulgan

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

The Silo Effect by Gillian Tett (or there’s a podcast or video version)



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