Political Thinking

This is an open programme and an in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.

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Overview

The workshop will explore the concept of political thinking, what it is, what it is used for, and why it is useful for you in your professional role. It will increase your understanding of the political landscape and how politics interacts with policy work, to help you better support the decision-making process.

Who is the seminar designed for?

The seminar has been designed for everyone who wishes to improve their understanding of the processes of political thinking and the political landscape, how to apply these to your own thought processes, and how to use this knowledge to best effect in your role in HMRC.

How will you benefit from attending?

You will:

  • Be able to demystify the concept of political thinking
  • Have been given tools to increase your confidence and ability in formulating effective support to political decision-makers
  • Be able to contribute more effectively to building the reputation of HMRC and enhancing its impact

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the concept of political thinking and learn how to apply it to best effect
  • Learn how to understand the bigger picture, as well as the detail within it that will together enable you to make better decisions
  • Understand the transferability of the ideas, principles and processes of political thinking into the HMRC context

This is an open programme and an in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.

Agenda

Session One

The Essentials

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • What is “political thinking”? Definitions and essentials
  • A framework for political thinking: a systematic approach

Session Two

The Bigger Picture

  • The bigger picture: the components of the political landscape and key players (people and institutions and the interconnections)
  • Who/what exercises power and influence
  • Understanding the needs and thought processes of political decision makers
  • Accessing and influencing ministers: working within the Policy Partnership

Break

Session Three

Reality Testing      

  • The bigger picture: Implementation in a political environment
  • Assessing how a policy will work in the real world and/or the political world

Session Four

Scrutiny

  • Understanding the nature of risk in political work
  • Awareness of the perspectives of those who scrutinise decisions and those who have to promote/defend them
  • The role/perspective of different parts of the media; Parliamentary scrutiny

Review and action planning

Close

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This is an open programme and an in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.

Crown Commercial Service supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services.