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Inclusive growth at city-region level: a perspective from Greater Manchester

Ruth Lupton

Greater Manchester is an important test-bed for how inclusive growth can be put into practice at a local level The Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit (IGAU) was established in January 2016 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and The University of Manchester, as part of JRF’s work on cities, growth and poverty, and the University’s new Urban Institute and wider efforts … Continue reading

28 February 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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The EU, Brexit and the North – SPERI takes the debate to Manchester

With one week to go until the EU referendum SPERI took the debate to Manchester and hosted a very successful large public debate in Manchester on the referendum, ‘Brexit’ and the possible impact on the North of England. In the grand setting of the Engine Hall at the People’s History Museum a high-profile panel of speakers set out their views … Continue reading

16 June 2016 by
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The EU Referendum, Brexit and the UK’s regions – new SPERI research and event series

On Thursday 23 June Britain will hold a historic referendum to decide whether to remain in or leave the European Union. SPERI has launched a new programme of research and events to explore the relationship between the UK’s regions and devolved nations and the European Union, with a particular focus on the North of England, and consider the implications of … Continue reading

17 May 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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17 February: Devo Manc Is A Flawed Democracy. Discuss

On Wednesday 17 February, Arianna Giovannini, our new SPERI Researcher will take part in a public event in Manchester focusing on the potential democratic deficit in the current ‘Devo Manc’ Deal. The event is organised by Discuss, in partnership with Guardian Live. Discuss is a Manchester based organisation which promotes progressive thinking through challenging, provocative and authentic debates. Neil McInroy … Continue reading

11 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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Transport investment and the North’s development dilemmas

Tom Hunt and Craig Berry

The gap between rhetoric and reality with regard to transport investment in the North of England encapsulates all the problems of Northern economic development In June 2014 George Osborne laid out his ‘Northern Powerhouse’ concept in a speech in Manchester. He set out the four ‘ingredients’ of his vision: By joining our northern cities together – not physically, or into … Continue reading

28 July 2015 by
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‘Devo Manc’: ‘Northern Powerhouse’ or ‘Northern Poorhouse’?

Centralisation has certainly failed, but the promise of devolution to Greater Manchester is being massively hyped Manchester is a great world city which has long divided observers.  In the mid-nineteenth century, what was for de Tocqueville a ‘foul drain’ and for Taine ‘Babel built of brick’ was for the Edinburgh Review, by contrast, ‘foremost in the march of improvement, a … Continue reading

7 April 2015 by
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