Paul Skidmore is currently a McConnell Fellow and MPA candidate at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
He first joined Demos in January 2002. In nearly four years as a Researcher and then Senior Researcher he was involved in 17 research projects and authored more than half-a-dozen publications on public policy, civic participation and social change. He was also a regular commentator in the print and broadcast media and spoke at seminars and conferences in the UK and overseas.
He also worked part-time as a political adviser and speechwriter to David Lammy MP. He left Demos in November 2005 on a six month secondment as a Strategy Advisor at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, where he worked for David Miliband MP on a review of the department's climate change policy and on the Local Government White Paper.
After David Miliband's appointment as Environment Secretary in summer 2006, he helped to lead a review of Defra's organisational strategy. Paul has a first class degree in government and a masters in European politics and policy from the University of Manchester.
He blogs at www.divideddemocracy.com.
The 14-19 qualification reforms are at a critical point, as the government tries to balance assessment for learning with assessment of learning. The Demos report argues that linking new methods of assessment to 14-19 reform is central to raising school standards.
We live in a rapidly ageing society as the large post-war baby boomer generation reaches retirement age. This report explores the challenges the retirement of the baby boomer generation will present to our society and begins to develop a long-term strategy for the ageing society.
Growing complexity means that a new model of regulation will be needed in the years to come.
Networks are the most important organisational form of our time, but are often mis-used and misunderstood. In this collection of essays, leading thinkers show how we can unlock their full potential.
Changing expectations of working life have created a new tension at the heart of organisational strategy. Employees want more human organisations with greater autonomy and flexibility.
This report argues that people will not be satisfied by what the public realm has to offer until they themselves become more active in shaping it. To this end, while services are increasingly focused on the problems they must solve, community organizations start with people. They are able to create ‘communities of participation’ which bring the public realm to life, helping people to play a greater role within it.
Based on interviews with 150 senior police officers over a two-year peiod, A Force For Change argues that police reform needs to be 'future proof'.
What are the most democratic countries in Europe? How would we find out? We could look at electoral turnouts. But while elections matter, Demos doesn’t believe that democracy is something that should start and finish at the ballot box.
What are the most democratic countries in Europe? How would we find out? We could look at electoral turnouts. But while elections matter, Demos doesn’t believe that democracy is something that should start and finish at the ballot box. That’s why we’re developing the Everyday Democracy Index (EDI). EDI is a tool for assessing the democratic health of European countries across many different dimensions. That includes the formal dimensions of democracy, like procedural rights and election turnout. But it also includes more everyday features of democracy – how important democratic principles and practices are to the cultures of workplaces, to people’s community life, to the way they interact with public services, and even to the way they talk to their friends and family.More