A Lexicon for a possible transition?

30 Apr 2010 10:32 AM If the Conservatives win the coming general election, there will be some new language for the Civil Service to learn.

Peter Riddell, Senior Fellow, has compiled this list for the Institute for Government after consultation with members of the Conservative Shadow Cabinet and advisers.

It is not intended as a deep piece of research but to stimulate, provoke and entertain.

These lists of terms are suggestive of differing approaches and thinking rather than always direct contrasts.

Out In
  • Delivery/roll-out
  • Investment
  • Demand side
  • Top-down
  • Target
  • Regional
  • State
  • Strategy
  • Evidence based
  • Partnership agreements
  • Stakeholder
  • Active centre
  • Implementation
  • Spending
  • Supply side
  • Bottom-up
  • Payment-by-results
  • Local
  • Society
  • Business Plan
  • Principles based
  • Post-bureaucratic state
  • Social Responsibility
  • Departments


Of course, a returned Labour government might also bring some changes in language:

  • entitlements (rather than targets)
  • smarter (rather than smaller)
  • 'my.gov' (instead of 'direct.gov').

More about the adjustments required in Whitehall following a transition of government.