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Dreaming of better days risks scuppering devolution’s promise

Devolution deals are imperfect, but they are part of a hard process of reform that over the long run can deliver social and economic progress I recently put my two penn‘orth into a Twitter debate between Rob Ford of Manchester University and Andrew Adonis. The latter’s accusation was that academics overcomplicate their analysis. The former retorted that commentators often want … Continue reading

9 October 2017 by
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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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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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