Tag Archives: nation state

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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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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Optimism bias

The number of over 65s working has topped a million for the first time. They’re needed because – apparently – the UK is running out of workers. 13.5m vacancies will be created in the next two years and only 7m … 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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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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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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Mid year review

In the midst of the Olympic frolics in London this summer we’re distracted from the the forecasts of uncertainty, gloom and (in the FT no less) revolution that were being made at the start of 2012. I’ve just looked back … Continue reading

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