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Home Features Lord Gus O’Donnell: leadership and reform in the public sector
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TAGS public sector reform, Well-being, UK Cabinet office, Gus O'Donnell
The former UK cabinet secretary speaks about life as a civil service leader and his work to get governments to embrace citizen wellbeing, instead of narrower economic agendas.
Our societies are ageing, our media proliferating and becoming more personalised, and technology is changing what is possible and what is expected. I believe we need to approach this endeavour by first sorting out what government is for in such a world.
Around the world over the long run, the size of the public sector has increased dramatically.
It is considered normal for countries to develop their social safety nets and the quantity and quality of public services as countries raise their economic strength. What government is for changes over time but I believe there are some timeless principles.
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Lord Gus O'Donnell is non-executive chairman of Frontier Economics. He was the cabinet secretary, the highest official in the British civil service, under three prime ministers between 2005 and 2011.
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