How to be a minister: making decisions on infrastructure


In this report we set out how ministers responsible for infrastructure policy can help to deliver high-quality infrastructure for the country by making better decisions. It focuses on economic infrastructure – energy, transport, water, utilities and digital communication – where relevant ministers may oversee the building of better roads, railways, flood barriers, broadband and electricity networks for the country. Well-planned economic infrastructure will help to tackle many of the key challenges facing the country, such as stagnant productivity, regional inequalities and post-Brexit competitiveness, and avoid ‘white elephant’ projects that waste public money and fail to deliver economic benefits. The report builds on the Institute for Government’s 2017 research programme on infrastructure decision making in government and from a public event held at the Institute for Government: ‘How to be a minister: making decisions on infrastructure’. We also draw insights both from our Ministers Reflect project, a unique archive of more than 80 interviews with former government ministers, which records – in their own words – what it takes to be an effective minister. This work has been supported by the Association for Project Management.

Read Full Report

Explore our reports

  • Reset
Advanced search

Related Events

Thu

9

June

What’s next for London’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods?

This event, hosted by UK think tank the Centre for London, will discuss what's next for London's Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.…

More Info

Wed

8

June

After the White Paper: levers for levelling up

This event, hosted by UK think tank Bright Blue, will discuss the levers for levelling up after the publication of…

More Info

Thu

9

June

Realising Regional Growth: what next for West Yorkshire?

At this event, hosted by UK think tank CfC, politicians, academics and business leaders will discuss how West Yorkshire can…

More Info