Governance, Trust and Voice
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How is evidence-based policy made in practice? The systems and processes that underpin the policy initiatives, decisions, strategies, interventions among other types of action taken by policymakers are often critical to the success of the policy. The British Academy is developing new projects and programmes that directly consider how policy is made, this theme also cuts across our other work, where the same question is ever-present. The theme addresses three connected elements: governance, trust and voice. This captures the range of challenging issues that surround policymaking, from robust processes and systems, to the decline in trust in some institutions and its impacts, and the importance of inclusion and democratic engagement.
Projects and programmes will explore questions of how the UK can develop multi-level governance structures based on empowering participation, engagement, and cooperation to strengthen the capacity to identify and respond to local needs. This work will interact with the evidence from other programmes to consider how to equip decision-making institutions to be more resilient and effective in times of crises and in the face of the present and future challenges.
Governing England: English Identity and Institutions in a Changing United Kingdom
England is ruled directly from Westminster by institutions and parties that are both English and British. The non-recognition of England reflects a longstanding assumption of 'unionist statecraft' that to draw a distinction between what is English and what is British risks destabilising the union state.