Public Sector Event

Election 2019: Should the Treasury change its economic thinking?

Venue: Institute for Government, 2 Carlton Gardens, London, SW1Y 5AA

Date: 11 Dec 2019

Synopsis: The main political parties are offering strikingly different visions for the future of the country, including radically different economic policy agendas. Whichever party forms the next government, it is likely to take a different approach to economic policy from previous administrations.


Does the Treasury need to rethink how it approaches economic policy? And does it have the ability and inclination to do so?

Our panel of economic thinkers from across the political spectrum will discuss whether Treasury economic thinking needs to change and how well prepared the department is to support a government with a new agenda.

  • • Nick Macpherson, former permanent secretary to the Treasury
  • • Stian Westlake, executive director of policy and research at Nesta
  • • Ann Pettifor, director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME)

The event will be chaired by Dr Gemma Tetlow, chief economist at the Institute for Government

There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.