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LSE Public Policy Group event:

Growing the Productivity of Government Services

Date: Thursday 28 February 2013 
Speakers: Leandro Carrera, Professor Patrick Dunleavy
RespondentsJoe Grice, Edwin Lau, Barry Quirk

For many decades there has been little effective analysis and guidance on how to improve the organizational productivity of government bodies consistently over time. Yet unless this can be achieved, the relative price of public services is doomed to rise ineluctably (the 'Baumol disease' problem).

Leandro Carrera and Patrick Dunleavy's new book Growing the Productivity of Government Services (published by Edward Elgar) provides the first in-depth empirical treatment of the organizational productivity of unique national government agencies, focusing on UK taxation, social security and regulatory agencies. In addition, they also show how productivity analysis for decentralized services can include salient and managerially useful variables, looking at how IT and management modernization help shape the productivity of NHS hospitals. The first rule of productivity growth in public services is to focus hard on consistently measuring and improving productivity performance. The second rule is to embrace IT modernization carried out in tandem with genuinely effective and well-considered business process reorganization. 

This lecture will discuss ideas for the improvement of public sector productivity from a local, national and international government perspective. 

Leandro Carrera is a senior researcher at the Pensions Policy Institute.

Patrick Dunleavy is professor of political science and public policy at LSE.

Joe Grice is chief economist at the Office for National Statistics. 

Edwin Lau is head of the Reform of the Public Sector Division in the OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate.

Barry Quirk is chief executive at the London Borough of Lewisham.

Hashtag for this event for Twitter users was: #LSEworks 

More details about this event are available here.


 Newsmax Media and entrepreneurialism in digital media 

When:  Monday 14 November 12-2pm


Speaker:  Christopher Ruddy 


In 1998 Christopher Ruddy set up Newsmax Media, an online conservative news media organisation in the US, and served as both columnist and editor-in-chief. Thirteen years later, is the top rated site for conservative news in America - and sixth amongst all newspaper websites - with approximately seven million unique visitors per month. Newsmax also publishes a print magazine with a paid circulation of 230,000, as well as a host of financial and health publications. The company is expected to bring in revenue of approximately $70 million in 2011. In this talk, Mr Ruddy will discuss his experience in setting up Newsmax, and address the possibilities inherent in digital-first journalism for existing news outlets and for the social and web media entrepreneurs of the future.


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LSE Public Policy Group Seminar Series

This seminar series has now finished.

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The End of the Peer Show?: A debate on the future of the House of Lords

On July 18, 2011, the Constitution Society, CentreForum and British Government @ LSE held a debate on The future of the House of Lords, to celebrate the publication of "The End of the Peer Show?", a collection of responses to the recent draft House of Lords Reform Bill. 


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Moving Social Security Online - Wednesday 29 June 2011

We'd like to thank the attendees, speakers and the Design Council who made the LSE's Moving Social Security Online conference a success. We will be making speakers' presentations and podcasts of the event  available here, soon.

Throughout the day we used the hashtag  #lsesocsec.

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Investigating Academic Impact Conference - Monday 13 June 2011 


We'd like to say a huge thank you to all the attendees, speakers, and organisational staff who helped make the Investigating Academic Impact conference on 13th June a success.

Almost 400 academics and researchers from across Europe were in attendance for a day of discussion and debate, covering topics such as the role of research mediators, blogging and academic communication, and innovative methods for public engagement.

Podcasts and speakers' presentations are now available

 Behavioural Public Policy Series lecture series

Next seminar: TBC

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