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Building a resilient state: A collection of essays

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To mark the launch of our new ‘Resilient State’ programme, we’re delighted to publish a collection of essays bringing together insight and expertise from across the political spectrum.

This collection brings together leading thinkers to explore different aspects of a resilient state. The series aims to provide a platform for innovative ideas, to stimulate debate, and help shape a way forward.


  • Professor Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford
  • Professor Sir Ivor Crewe, former Master, University College, University of Oxford
  • Suzanne Hall, Research Director, Ipsos MORI
  • Professor Nick Pearce, Institute of Policy Research, University of Bath
  • Dr Rod Thornton, Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer, and Dr Marina Miron, Post Doctoral Researcher, King's College London
  • Deborah Cadman OBE, Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Rt Hon Baron William Wallace of Saltaire, Lib Dem Cabinet Office Spokesperson
  • Andy Haldane, Chief Economist, Bank of England
  • Danny Kruger MP, Member of Parliament for Devizes
  • Rt Hon Baroness Nicky Morgan of Cotes

About 'Resilient State'

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a huge strain on the State, and while the response has demonstrated some of the great strengths of our public services and machinery of government, it has also exposed some of the biggest flaws. As we move towards a ‘new normal’, we have a unique opportunity to explore fundamental questions about the shape of the State and how it operates.

Reform’s ‘Resilient State’ programme seeks to learn the lessons from this crisis and identify the key building blocks that, if put in place, would enable us to better deal with future shocks and crises.