Category archives for Devolution

Anything you can do, we can do better: Manchester’s devolution journey

The election of a new metro-mayor in 2017 won’t be an end point to devolution, but just another step on Greater Manchester’s long road to devolution On May 5th 2017, voters in Greater Manchester will wake up to a new metro-mayor.  Yet will the victor be capable of delivering progressive devolution which goes beyond the current limitations of the agreed … Continue reading

15 November 2016 by
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‘I want to take you to China…’ Culture at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse

Manchester’s cultural and sporting brand is increasingly important in attracting global investment to the city Much of the discussion about ‘DevoManc’, or the Northern Powerhouse agenda, has so far overlooked one important element. The significance of the role of popular culture in shaping and enhancing the profile of Manchester as a global city – and thus enhancing the argument for … Continue reading

31 March 2016 by
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Energy Policy and the tensions between austerity and localism

Jon Morris

Schemes to reduce energy use show how local authorities are caught between devolved responsibilities and centralised resources Since 2008 the main focus of environmental policy in the United Kingdom has been the commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% relative to 1990 levels by 2050.  The domestic sector accounts for 25% of all emissions and as such it is at … Continue reading

17 March 2016 by
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The real ‘new politics’ of post-crisis Britain: Part II

Craig Berry

Austerity is anchored in a new politics of place, but Labour is adrift In part I of this post, I argued that, through the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ agenda, the Conservative government had successfully exploited post-crisis anxieties about place to justify its ongoing austerity crusade. In this second part, I argue that Labour has been too slow to grasp the centrality of … Continue reading

25 February 2016 by
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The real ‘new politics’ of post-crisis Britain: Part I

Craig Berry

The Conservatives understand – and exploit – the electorate’s concerns about ‘place’ As I argue in my forthcoming book Austerity Politics and UK Economic Policy, if austerity were simply an argument about the merits of deficit reduction, its critics on the left would have won hands down.  Indeed, the regularity with which George Osborne now delays the deficit reduction end-date … Continue reading

18 February 2016 by
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Inequality knows no compass points

The North/South divide is not the problem. Economic centralism is Neil and Matthew’s blog is also a chapter in a new e-book ‘The Politics of the North: Governance, Territory and Identity in Northern England’, co-edited by SPERI’s deputy director Craig Berry and SPERI researcher Arianna Giovannini. Find out more and download the e-book here. For decades, the North/South divide has … Continue reading

11 February 2016 by
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Growing the economy from the middle out

A new growth model must place individual livelihoods at the heart of our regional economic strategy In his new SPERI paper Craig Berry suggests it is crucial to make a connection ‘between the new order and individual livelihoods’.  This resonates with two recent reflections of my own, which have come from my work with a number of communities who are … Continue reading

10 February 2016 by
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The ‘Devolution Revolution’

Governance of the North shouldn’t be reduced to technocratic questions or administering Osborne’s fiscal plans Simon Lee’s blog is also a chapter in a new e-book ‘The Politics of the North: Governance, Territory and Identity in Northern England’, co-edited by SPERI’s deputy director Craig Berry and SPERI researcher Arianna Giovannini. Find out more and download the e-book here. From the … Continue reading

4 February 2016 by
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The uneven path of City Deal devolution in the North of England

Ariana Giovannini

The view from Yorkshire reveals growing tension and rising pressures from below The City Deals and Northern Powerhouse agenda has been presented by George Osborne as the making of a ‘devolution revolution’ in the North of England. The ‘Devo-Manc’ agreement certainly broke new ground in this respect, unavoidably setting a benchmark for other areas.  And yet, as things have progressed, … Continue reading

28 January 2016 by
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The politics and political economy of Greater Manchester

The 2014 Agreement may be flawed, but it is the latest step in a long journey to increase the city-region’s economic and political leverage Little changes. Robert Peel’s famous declaration in the 1840s that ‘what Manchester thinks today, the world thinks tomorrow’ could easily apply to Manchester’s early role in city-region devolution. True to their history of collaboration, partnership-working and … Continue reading

26 January 2016 by
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Making sense of fiscal devolution in public-sector service delivery

Local authorities will be expected to fend for themselves within a new model of civic financialisation and entrepreneurialism The announcement in October at the Conservative Party Conference by Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, about the full localisation of business rate devolution took many by surprise. There was little subsequent detail in the Autumn Statement and Public Spending Review in … Continue reading

22 December 2015 by
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