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Think Tanks

These pages provide reports, publications and studies from some of the UK’s leading think tanks and institutes that cover cross party debate and analysis on policies and strategies in UK politics. These are by no means exhaustive, but are provided to open further research into the themes and conversations that are covered in The Spirit of ’45 and the wider political conversation.

The reports and publications included below are categorised into the themes covered in the film with an initial section covering the overarching political discussion of the day.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTES

Adam Smith Institute: The Adam Smith Institute is one of the world’s leading think tanks. It is a non-profit, and non-partisan organisation working to promote libertarian and free market ideas through research, publishing, media commentary, and educational programmes.
Adam Smith website

The Bow Group: The Bow Group is a leading think tank based in London. Founded in 1951, the Bow Group exists to publish the research of its members, stimulate policy debate through an events programme and to provide an intellectual home to Conservatives in the United Kingdom.  Although firmly based in the Conservative family, the Bow Group does not take a corporate view and it represents all strands of Conservative opinion.
The Bow Group website

Centre for Policy Studies: The CPS is one of Britain’s best know and most respected think tanks. The Centre develops and promotes policies to limit the role of the state, to encourage enterprise and to enable the institutions of society, such as families and voluntary organisations, to flourish. The Centre for Policy Studies was established in 1975 and has contributed to a plethora of policy ideas over the last 38 years.
Centre for Policy Studies website

Institute for Fiscal Studies: The IFSs promotes effective economic and social policy by understanding better their impact on individuals, families, businesses and the government’s finances. They base their reports on rigorous analysis, detailed empirical evidence and in-depth institutional knowledge.
Institute for Fiscal Studies website

Institute of Economic Affairs: The IEA produces reports, books and papers on all areas of economic policy as well as a termly journal, Economic Affairs. They hold an extensive series of conferences, seminars, lectures and working lunches that bring together politicians, students, journalists, leading business figures, academics and other parties interested in public policy.
Institute of Economic Affairs website

GENERAL POLITICAL DEBATE


Adam Smith Institute - Privatisation Revisited
13 October 2010

Privatisation Revisited (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - The War on Capitalism
23 June 2009

The War on Capitalism (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - Statism by Stealth: New Labour, New Collectivism
1 March 2002

New Collectivism Report (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - After the Landslide: learning the lessons of 1906 and 1945
1 September 1999

Learning the lessons of 1906 and 1945 (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - The First Modernisers
The First Modernisers (PDF)

Centre for Economic Studies - CESIFO The UK’s Privatisation Experiment: The Passage of Time Permits a Sober Assessment
The Passage of Time Permits a Sober Assessment (PDF)

The University of Manchester - Privatisation and the Role of Public and Private Institutions in Restructuring Programmes
Privatisation Research (PDF)

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WELFARE


Centre for Policy Studies - Care for the Elderly
17 August 2012

Care for the Elderly (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies  - The £100 Billion Negotiation
9 September 2011

The £100 Billion Negotiation (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - On Borrowed Time
26 November 2010

On Borrowed Time (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - Welfare Reform: The Importance of Being Radical
8 October 2010

The Importance of Being Radical (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - Unbundling the Welfare State
22 November 2002

Unbundling the Welfare State (PDF)

The Bow Group - More for Less: Cutting Public Spending, Protecting Public Services
13 August 2009

Protecting Public Services (PDF)

The Bow Group - Stand and Deliver:
Has the Government's Public Spending Spree Worked?
15 January 2004

Has the Government's Public Spending Spree Worked? (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - Why Do We Feel so Broke?
1 February 2008

Why Do We Feel so Broke? (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies  - The Localist Papers 5: Local Welfare
1 June 2007

Local Welfare (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - Creating Wealth and Eliminating Poverty
25 November 2005

Creating Wealth and Eliminating Poverty (PDF)

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HOUSING

Adam Smith Institute - Planning in a Free Society
8 March 2012

Planning in a Free Society (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - Housing Benefit: What the Government Ought To Do – But Won't
22 November 2000

What the Government Ought To Do – But Won't (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - A House Divided
30 July 2009

A House Divided (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - Save 100,000 Homes from Repossession
4 February 2009

Save 100,000 Homes from Repossession (PDF)


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INFRASTRUCTURE


The Bow Group - The Coalition’s Plan for Jobs and Growth
8 August 2011

The Coalition’s plan for Jobs and Growth

Centre for Policy Studies - Privatisation of Public Services and The Role of Social Enterprises
Privatisation of Public Services and The Role of Social Enterprises (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - Energy Policy - the Feedback from Reality
1 May 2007

The Feedback from Reality (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - Privatise Power
Privatise Power (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - Renewable Energy: Vision or Mirage?
12 December 2011

Vision or Mirage? (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - Reflections on Regulation: Experience and the Future
12 May 2011

Experience and the Future (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - Capitalism for the Little Guy
19 February 2013

Capitalism for the Little Guy (PDF)

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TRANSPORT


Centre for Policy Studies - Rail’s Second Chance
25 March 2013

Rail’s Second Chance (PDF)

The Bow Group - Submission to the Commons Transport Select Committee Inquiry into the Strategic Case for High Speed Rail
23 May 2011

Strategic Case for High Speed Rail Inquiry (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - Rail’s Second Chance
25 March 2013

Rail’s Second Chance (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - No Way to Run a Railway
1 July 2005

No Way to Run a Railway (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - The Traffic Flow Project: Practical Solutions for Road Pricing 26 November 1999 Practical Solutions for Road Pricing
26 November 1999
The Traffic Flow Project: Practical Solutions for Road Pricing 26 November 1999 Practical Solutions for Road Pricing (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - Don't Stop the Bus
26 November 1999

Don't Stop the Bus (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - Seize the Initiative
26 November 1996

Seize the Initiative (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies -  British Rail Privatisation: Competition Destroyed by Politics
Competition Destroyed by Politics (PDF)

The Institute of Economic Affairs -  Which Road Ahead: Government of Market
Government of Market (PDF)

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HEALTH


Adam Smith Institute - Reforming the National Health Service
9 December 2011

Reforming the National Health Service (PDF)

The Bow Group - Bow Group Health & Education Policy Committee Backs Call to Pull Plug on Labour’s Shambolic NHS IT Labyrinth
6 August 2011

The Bow Group website article

The Bow Group - Reforming and Improving the NHS
26 July 2011

Reforming and Improving the NHS (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - On Borrowed Time
26 November 2010

On Borrowed Time (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - Public, Private and People
26 November 1999

Public, Private and People (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - A Successful National Health Service
26 November 1999

A Successful National Health Service (PDF)

The Bow Group -  'Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS' - Opportunities and Challenges
18 August 2010

Opportunities and Challenges (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - The NHS since 1997: Modest Improvements at Immoderate Costs
27 December 2005

Modest Improvements at Immoderate Costs (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - Strong Foundations: Building on NHS Reforms
27 October 2003

Building on NHS Reforms (PDF)

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INDUSTRY


The Bow Group - Royal Mail Privatisation – Where is the Debate?
13 May 2013

The Bow Group website article - Where is the Debate?

Adam Smith Institute – Privatization: Reviving the Momentum
15 April 2008

Reviving the Momentum (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - Re-energizing Britain
10 July 2009

Re-energizing Britain (PDF)

Adam Smith Institute - Consigned to Oblivion
22 November 2002

Consigned to Oblivion (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - Labour and the Trade Unions: An Analysis of a Symbiotic Relationship
1 November 2007

An Analysis of a Symbiotic Relationship (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - Clean Coal: A Clean, Secure and Affordable Alternative
15 May 2007

Secure and Affordable Alternative (PDF)

Centre for Policy Studies - Can Consignia Deliver? Simplicity and Stability
1 March 2001

Can Consignia Deliver? Simplicity and Stability (PDF)

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