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13:00 - 14:00 21 March 2013

Expertise and Policy: the Rise of the Government "Tsar"

Location

Council Room | Rubin Building (link Map)
29–30 Tavistock Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Ruth Levitt
Stephen Boys Smith

A government "tsar" is defined as an individual from outside government who is publicly appointed by a minister to advise on policy development on the basis of their expertise. Their numbers have soared since 1997. Recently published research by Dr Ruth Levitt and William Solesbury is the first to systematically investigate and charter the growth in tsar appointments, examine the nature of tsars' expertise, the issues ministers have asked them to address and the difference they can make. Dr Levitt will discuss the study's findings and the important questions of accountability and the use of expertise in the policy system. Former tsar Stephen Boys Smith will provide a first-hand account of his experience in the role.

A light sandwich lunch will be available before the seminar from 12.30.


Contact

Ben Webb
02076794977 | Constitution@ucl.ac.uk


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