A diverse community of
leading experts, policymakers
and practitioners

The Institute’s key research themes
are led by ten academic partners
spread across the UK.

Businesses are crucial to solving
the UK’s productivity problems.

We’re a UK-wide research
organisation exploring what
productivity means for business

Businesses are crucial to solving
the UK’s productivity problems.


Institutions & Governance

Institutions & Governance

UK productivity suffers from overcentralised decision making, topdownism, short-termism, silos, and the absence of effective joined-up government. The geographical concentration of power may stifle local initiative and innovation. A common research theme is the need to better recognise the interactions between those taking the decisions and those affected by them.

Theme leads

Professor Andy Westwood and Professor Adrian Pabst


Professor David Richards
Professor Mike Kenny Chair of Public Policy, University of Cambridge University
Dr Claudine Bowyer-Crane Associate Research Director for Employment and Social Policy, National Institute of Social and Economic Research

Theme Paper

The Politics of Productivity: institutions, governance and policy