Tag Archives: cities

Might cities fail?

One of the recurrent themes of this blog is that cities now offer better prospects for dealing with the social and economic problems that we face. This is becoming dangerously close to a consensus view on right and left -witness the … Continue reading

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Is the Mansion Tax the best policy on offer for city economies?

Two main criticisms are made of the de-centralisation argument. One that it still doesn’t provide any idea of the policies that a public authority would adopt – the policy choices still have to be made, whether at national or local … Continue reading

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Carving up the State’s role – who gets what?

A shift in power to cities is the legacy of the depression. And it’s already starting to happen in the US. Why? 90% of educated workers, advanced industry jobs and patent creation are located in cities. And cities are ‘in … Continue reading

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The capable city

According to Dr Benjamin Barber – founder of the interdependence movement –  “nation states have never seemed as incapable of getting things done as they do now.” In a recent article in the RSA house magazine Barber argued that, historically, … Continue reading

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London calling

Major development in the city autonomy drive this week with a report from Tony Travers and team on the London Finance Commission, calling for the Treasury to hand £12bn of tax revenue to the GLA including the full suite of … Continue reading

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City initiatives

Recent signs of city administrations taking an imaginative leadership role….. In Nantes the town council is sponsoring cargo bikes to change the way freight is moved about lievreoutortue.com/nantes-subvent… A Dutch city crowd funds a bridge metronews.ca/news/world/618025/dutch-city-rotterdam-crowdfunds-a-bridge

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The squeezed State

Whilst central government fails to solve the crisis – see last two blogs – managing it is leading to increasingly tough decisions for local authorities. The leader of Newcastle city council has been hammered for pointing out the inevitable – … Continue reading

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Local moves

Start of the year – and the first snippets of evidence for rising localism. Westminster wants to link benefit payments to healthy lifestyles. Nanny-ish for sure, especially for a Tory borough, and easy to think of the logistical difficulties. But … Continue reading

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Going back to their roots

Here’s an example of State capture – the government’s infrastructure plans are not going ahead because the banks  won’t invest their planned share unless government underwrites the costs. Only £700m has been raised so far towards an interim target of … Continue reading

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Localism v the State

All previous blogs have been leading up to this question – can the State, in its current form – the nation state –   cope with this crisis? I think there are at least three reasons to think that it might … Continue reading

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