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Airports for Sale

Type: ReportsWritten by Dr Sean Barrett | Friday 23 November 1984

An indepth look at the options available for the process of privatizing Britain's airports. Taking into considersation the present thinking (of the mid 1980s) surrounding privitization Dr Barrett outlines how it could be applied to airports and the benefits that it would bring. He also outlines how it could be improved with a variety of differing policy ideas.

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Alternative EU Constitution

Type: ReportsWritten by John Hopkins | Tuesday 20 November 2007

John Hopkins  won the Institute's £1000 prize for the best draft EU Constitution under 3000 words in length. The contest was inspired by widespread and growing concern that both the original rejected constitution and the new draft treaty are far too long and complex to be comprehensible to the citizens of EU member states. The new draft Treaty (English version) is 67,000 words long. The US Constitution, by contrast, is just 7,700 words long.

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Alternatives to outdated court systems

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Anonymous | Saturday 01 January 2000

All over the world, public court systems are under pressure. This can mean lengthy delays for litigants, which increases the worry, frustration, and cost for both sides in a dispute.

Ambitious yoof

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Anonymous | Saturday 01 January 2000

In the 1970s, public administration was at one stage the most popular career choice. Not any more. Only 1% of under-21s list it as a career goal. Meanwhile 48% express a desire to own their own business, with as many girls as boys saying so.

America’s Chief Magistrate and the Spirit of ’76

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Stephen MacLean | Thursday 08 November 2012

Remember, remember, what they vote for in November, says Stephen MacLean.


An Act Against Trade

Type: ReportsWritten by Dr Barry Bracewell-Milnes | Monday 23 November 1992

UK Tax Prejudice Against Trading Abroad: The Problem of Surplus ACT and its Solution.

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An Arresting Idea

Type: ReportsWritten by Tim Evans, Nicholas Elliott & Simon McIlwaine | Tuesday 26 November 1991

At the centre of the problem for the Police Service is the fact that while the crime rate appears to rise inexorably, local authorities and central government have to operate within an economic framework of financial restraint. Resource allocation to the police therefore not only implies difficult decisions, but is further complicated because the business of evaluating the success of the police is an imprecise and highly subjective matter.
The Police Service with its monopolistic, un–competitive structure, operates all too easily in an environment where there is little or no yardstick for comparison against alternatives. This report looks at the different ways that crime is combatted. It also argues that a return to local policing is the way forward to fight the rising levels of crime with the major restructuring of the police serivce giving rise to greater service evaluation, improved efficiency and a more flexible response to the increasing market demand for choice.

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An Environment for Growth

Type: ReportsWritten by ASI Seminar | Thursday 06 August 1987

How to develop the rural landscape whilst still protecting the environment? This was the question that was answered at an ASI Seminar in 1987, including speakers such as Brian Waters, Boisot Waters Cohen Partnership, Professor Alan Evans of The University of Reading and John Ardill of The Guardian, amongst others. The report sets out regulatory ideas that would allow for development on the green belt, and an easing of the planning laws to allow new building to take place.

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An information revolution

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Anton Howes | Tuesday 22 September 2009

With plans from the Conservative Party to increase the amount of government information the public can access, Anton Howes considers the value of these moves for political reform.

An international development policy that works

Type: ReportsWritten by Sam Bowman | Tuesday 20 April 2010

In An international development policy that works: Why the Conservative Party should rethink its commitment to development aid Sam Bowman argues that the UK Conservatives have failed to propose the radical policy overhaul needed to make the Department for International Development (DFID) an effective body. He suggests scrapping the pledge to spend 0.7% of national GDP on international development aid each year, and focusing instead on private donations, economic migration and unilateral tariff reduction.


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