Podcast series

Written on 29 Oct 2021

Why has it become so hard to run government? The role of civil servants and decision-making in society today

Dennis Grube, Mohamed Saleh, and Catherine Haddon tackle the issue of running government in the modern age.

Rory Cellan-Jones talks to expert guests Dennis Grube, Mohamed Saleh, and Catherine Haddon about the role of civil servants and decision-making in society today. 

They discuss how public perceptions of the government have changed, why there are so many civil service reforms, and what governments learn during crises. 

Episode 1 transcript

More information about our guests:

  • Dennis Grube has been a researcher on Politics and Public Policy at the University since 2016, and was previously an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania. His research interests are around political decision-making, the role of civil servants in that and how that then passes through to institutional memory.
  • Mohamed Saleh is a Professor of Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics, and a member of the IAST. His research interests are in economic history, and the economic history of the Middle East and North Africa in particular.
  • Catherine Haddon is the resident historian at the Institute for Government. Catherine also leads the Institute's work on changes of government, ministers and the workings of the constitution, and heads the Institute's professional development programme of ministers and opposition parties.

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The Crossing Channels podcast series is co-produced by the Bennett Institute and IAST.
Audio production by Steve Hankey and podcast series editor Annabel Manley.