Hundreds of different public bodies oversee public administration and policy making across many different areas of government. These “quangos” are a critically important part of the government machinery.
How best might we ensure that the priorities of those bodies are aligned to those of the elected government, and that quangos respond to democracy through accountability and transparency?
Previous administrations have taken an ad hoc approach, hoping that they can appoint the “right” people – those who share the government’s outlook and approach – when vacancies arise. This paper proposes a strategic approach to ensure those who preside over public bodies share the priorities that the government was elected to deliver.
Read Paper Here – Reforming the Administrative State