This innovative new module, in partnership with the Cabinet Office, focuses on the evolution of the British Civil Service and how its role has developed alongside the changing role of the state. World wars, the creation of the welfare state, as well as technological, economic and societal change has carved new functions and expectations of what government is there to do.
The module considers the New Labour governments from a historical perspective, tracing changes and themes across the thirteen years of Tony Blair’s and Gordon Brown’s premierships, using the rigour of the historical method. Special attention is given to the memoirs and diaries of the central protagonists, and a high-profile range of guests allow students to truly interrogate their sources face-to-face.
‘Chancellors and the Treasury: Managing the British Economy’ is the result of a unique collaboration between His Majesty’s Treasury the Policy Institute at King’s and the Strand Group. It studies the role and actions of the Treasury and its Chancellors since the Second World War up to the present day, through the context of the British economy.
At the sixty-first Strand Group event, in partnership with the Edward Heath Charitable Foundation, Michael Heseltine gave a speech on: ‘Memories of government – and of Britain’s membership of the EU.’ Kenneth Clarke was the respondent.
The sixtieth Strand Group event took place at King’s College London on Wednesday 1 March at 18.30. Professor Tony Travers gave a lecture on ‘London at a crossroads? The city’s government, economy and place within the UK.’
The fifty-eighth Strand Group event where the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Sarah Healey gave a lecture on ‘The Future Challenges for Digital Policy Making.’
The fifty-seventh Strand Group event took place on the 1 November in Edinburgh where the former Permanent Secretary of the HM Treasury, Lord Macpherson gave a lecture on ‘Treasury orthodoxy: fact or fiction?’
In this special episode of the Strand Group podcast, Sir Tony Blair answered our students’ questions on liberal intervention, the history of the Labour Party, how to deliver in government & more. With expert analysis from Dr Michelle Clement and John Rentoul.
In the third episode of The Strand Group Podcast we speak to the Chief Executive of the Centre for London, Dr Nick Bowes, Lecturer in London Studies at King’s College London, Dr Jack Brown and the Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Cllr Elizabeth Campbell.
Ed Balls (King’s College London Professor & winner of the BBC’s Celebrity Best Home Cook), Angela Hartnett (Restaurateur and TV chef) & Rachel Johnson (Journalist and finalist on BBC’s Celebrity Best Home Cook) discussed their lives in food, family & politics.
Jack Brown untangles the complex strands of anti-London rhetoric and feeling, separating hyperbole and emotion from fact and examining why successive governments have failed to redress the balance. The result is a passionate but fair analysis of a centuries-old struggle, and a vision of a future in which nation loves capital once more.
The fifty-first Strand Group event, held in conjunction with the Bank of England and the King’s Business School. Sir Dave Ramsden gave a speech entitled: ‘Navigating the economy through the Covid crisis’
The fiftieth Strand Group event, held in conjunction with Haus Publishing, took place on Tuesday 27th April.
Dr Jack Brown, author of ‘The London Problem: What Britain Gets Wrong About Its Capital City’, discussed his new book with Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair at City of London Corporation as respondent.
The forty-ninth Strand Group event, held in conjunction with Allen Lane, took place on Thursday 22nd April. Sir Michael Barber, author of ‘Accomplishment: How to Achieve Ambitious and Challenging Things’, discussed his new book in conversation with the Rt Hon Tony Blair and King’s lecturer and researcher on reform and delivery in government, Dr Michelle Clement.
The forty-seventh Strand Group event, held in conjunction with William Collins, took place on Thursday 11th of February. Suzanne Heywood, author of ‘What Does Jeremy Think? Jeremy Heywood and the Making of Modern Britain’, discussed her new book in conversation with Professor Ed Balls, followed by a Q&A.
The forty-sixth Strand Group took place on the 19 January when Iain Dale editor of ‘The Prime Ministers: 55 Leaders, 55 Authors, 300 Years of History’, discussed this new book alongside contributing authors Sir Anthony Seldon, Rachel Sylvester and Dr Jack Brown.
London’s Mayor at 20 combines expert opinion with reflections from those closely involved in setting up, running and working in the mayor’s office. Featuring a foreword by Tony Blair, who played a crucial role in the establishment of the mayoralty, and including interviews with Ken Livingstone and Sadiq Khan, this comprehensive analysis seeks to investigate how the government of London has developed and what the future holds for this modern metropolis.
The forty-fifth Strand Group event took place on Wednesday 25th of November when Lord Moore of Etchingham discussed the the thirtieth anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s downfall as Prime Minister. This session also marked the paperback publication of Lord Moore’s “Margaret Thatcher: The Authorised Biography – Volume Three: Herself Alone.”
King’s College London Visiting Professor Ciaran Martin gave his inaugural Strand Group lecture on the subject: ‘Cyber weapons are called viruses for a reason: statecraft, security and safety in the digital age.’
The forty-first Strand Group event launching a new paper for Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government on the prospects for a US-UK Free Trade Agreement took place via Zoom webinar.
With perhaps the world’s most iconic front door, 10 Downing Street is the home and office of the British Prime Minister and the heart of British politics. This is the story of the intimately entwined relationship between the house and its post-war residents.
A new academic year is a time of great anticipation for us at the Strand Group. It’s always a pleasure to lay out to the new students what we’ve been planning over the summer months to make their experience truly memorable – and often unique.
This blog series has been made possible by the declassification of prime ministerial archives through the Public Records Act. In partnership with the Cabinet Office, Strand Group PhD candidates and No.10 Researchers in Residence Michelle Clement and Ashley Sweetman had access to the files pre-release.
Happy New Academic Year! The first week of teaching for the new 2018-19 cohort provides an opportunity to share some exciting highlights ahead for new students – and for more seasoned friends of The Strand Group.
At the eleventh meeting of the Mile End Group Sir Samuel Brittan and Lord Peston of Mile End discussed ‘The Changing Role of Government in Economic Policy: Searching for the Holy Grail if it Even Exists’
Former Prime Minister Clement Attlee, was honoured with a statue unveiling at Queen Mary, University of London on April 4, 2011. Lord Mandelson was invited to unveil the repaired statue of Clement Attlee to commemorate Attlee’s achievements
Professor David Miles of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee spoke on ‘Uncertainty and the Transition to a New Normal for Monetary Policy’, at the one-hundredth and third meeting of the Mile End Group
At the eighty-eighth Mile End Group Lord Adonis launched his book ‘Education, Education, Education: Reforming England’s schools’. The book describes Lord Adonis’s quest to transform standards and opportunities in England s schools, and his ambition to make English education truly world class
The thirty-first event of The Strand Group took place on Wednesday the 12th of September. Royal Bank of Scotland chairman, Sir Howard Davies discussed: ‘Royal Bank of Scotland & The Financial Crisis : Ten Years On’
Sir Stephen Wall, the former Permanent Representative to the European Union launched his book; ‘The Official History of Britain and the European Community, Vol. II: From Rejection to Referendum, 1963-1975’ at the eighty-seventh meeting of the Mile End Group
Professor Tony Travers gave a lecture on ‘A Comparison of London and New York Public Transportation Systems’ at the fifty-seventh meeting of the Mile End Group. The event was held at The Guildhall in the City of London
The thirty-first meeting of the Mile End Group brought together a panel of Lord Donoughue, Baroness Williams, Lord McNally, Adam Raphael, William Keegan, Hugh Stephenson, Peter Jay and Sir Alan Bailey to discuss the IMF crisis in 1976
At the twenty-ninth meeting of the Mile End Group Professor Peter Hennessy launched his book ‘Having It So Good: Britain In The Fifties’ he was introduced by the first man to run the sub-four minute mile Sir Roger Bannister
At the thirteenth meeting of the Mile End Group Professor Michael Barber the head of the Prime Minister Delivery Unit and Associate Editor of the Times Peter Riddell discussed ‘How the Prime Minister gets things done; Peter Riddell’
The tenth meeting of the Mile End Group brought the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Sir Kevin Tebbit and the Associate Editor of the Times, Peter Riddell together to discuss ‘Contemporary Whitehall Reform: Good and Bad’
The twenty-sixth event of King’s College London’s Strand Group took place at Bush House on Thursday 15th February 2018. King’s Visiting Professor Ed Balls and Peter Sands launched their Harvard working paper, titled, ‘Time for Clarity: The Views of British Business on The Path to Brexit’
Sir Dave Ramsden, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and King’s Visiting Professor, gave a lecture entitled ‘Monetary Policy from End to End: Define, Decide, Deliver’, marking the 25th event of the Strand Group. The event was held at Bush House, King’s College London
On the evening of 14 November, Lord Adonis, Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission and King’s Visiting Professor, delivered his inaugural lecture as Visiting Professor at King’s to a packed Strand Group event at the Guildhall in the City of London
On 12 June the Strand Group hosted their final event of the academic year, inviting Visiting Professor Ed Balls and Peter Sands, former CEO of Standard Chartered, to present their new Harvard research paper, ‘Making Brexit Work for British Businesses’
Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman and Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield spoke at the twenty-first meeting of the Strand Group at the British Academy. The topic of the meeting was ‘Historical Research and Political Accountability: Trident, the Falklands and Iraq’
Sir Amyas Morse, the Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office spoke about the implications of central decision-making on the delivery of frontline services at the twentieth meeting of The Strand Group on the 7th February
To launch Ian Beesley’s book, ‘The Official History of the Cabinet Secretaries’, the current Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood was joined by four of his predecessors, Lord Wilson, Lord Turnbull, Lord Armstrong and Lord Butler.
On Wednesday 26 October The Strand Group and HM Treasury remembered one of the most momentous and traumatic episodes in its institutional history. Academics, politicians and officials past and present came together to mark 40 years since the UK government’s request for financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund in the autumn of 1976.
Daniel Mulhall, the Irish Ambassador to the UK spoke at the 12th event of the Strand Group on Wednesday 11 May 2016, where he set out the Irish case, as a concerned neighbour, of the impact of Britain leaving the European Union.
Lord Willetts the former Minister of State for Universities and Science gave his inaugural lecture on Thursday 28 April 2016, setting out 100 years of science policy. He was joined by the President of the Royal Society Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan.
The UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, spoke about the future of antibiotics at the eighth event of the Strand Group. Dame Sally used the occasion, held during the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week, to highlight the pressing global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and advocate political action at all levels to contain it.
Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield and Dr James Jinks launched their new book, The Silent Deep: The Royal Navy Submarine Service Since 1945, at a Strand Group event at King’s College London on Monday 9 November.
Charles Moore, former editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator, celebrated the release of his new book, Margaret Thatcher – The Authorised Biography: Volume Two, Everything That She Wants, at King’s College London on Tuesday 20 October.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair joined Sir Michael Barber, at King’s College London to discuss how best to run a government. Sir Michael was the inaugural Head of the Downing Street Delivery unit in Tony Blair’s Government between 2001 and 2005.
Sir Nicholas Macpherson, the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury and one of several newly appointed Visiting Professors at King’s College London delivered a timely lecture on ‘The Treasury and the Union’ on 19 January 2015.
The second meeting of the Strand Group, the signature events series of the Policy Institute at King’s College London, took place at the university’s Strand campus on 27 April. Sir Dave Ramsden, Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury, Head of the Government Economic Service (GES) and recently-appointed Visiting Professor to King’s addressed a diverse and distinguished audience on ‘50 years of the Government Economic Service’.
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