A major debate about the role of the state has opened up in British politics that looks set to define and frame the policy agendas of the major political parties in the run up to the next general election and beyond. Although this debate pre-dates the financial crisis and the deepening recession that has engulfed the economy, such developments will have a profound impact on public services and have already begun to catalyse a fundamental reappraisal of the state, to which all parties must respond.
ippr and PwC have started a major new programme which raises important questions, including - Can we commission for outcomes? Who is accountable for public service delivery, and who does the public believe is accountable? How can the state better enable the third sector to deliver public services? What role should the state play?