Category Archives: Policy & Politics

This page contains posts on politics and policy relating to Urbanism, Austerity and other issues that are of interest to CURA, in the UK and internationally.

How the world’s first Social Impact Bond drained public resources, and why the market model fails forward

Tweet In today’s blog, Robert Ogman argues that success stories on the social investment market are hiding inconvenient truths, and require honest rethink about such risky and expensive policy experiments In 2009, when governments took on enormous debts to rescue … Continue reading

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From Surge to Sensation: Corbynism and the Unexpected Renaissance of the British Left

Tweet CURA director Professor Jonathan Davies reflects on the implications of June’s general election result for the socialist left in the UK. When Jeremy Corbyn was first elected in 2015, I argued that he would only be able to resist the establishment backlash, … Continue reading

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Communities first? Hybridity helps understand governing neighbourhoods under austerity

Tweet Madeleine Pill and Valeria Guarneros-Mesa report on their research into hybridity and city governance in Cardiff, which was recently published in Policy and Politics. Welsh Government is phasing out its (former flagship) Communities First tackling poverty programme from 2017/18.  … Continue reading

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Austerity in time and space: the case of Germany

Tweet In today’s post Felix Wiegand, Tino Petzold and Prof. Bernd Belina argue that while austerity policies have often been implemented as part of a short-term, often authoritarian political offensive (a “shock strategy” as Naomi Kline put it) in (West) Germany … Continue reading

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Austerity, security and conflict

Tweet In today’s post Alke Jenss reflects on the synergies between austerity, security and conflict in the Latin American context. In the Americas austerity programmes are nothing new. Neither is the loss of sovereignty concerning economic and social policies. Think … Continue reading

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Heathrow expansion: Six reasons why it should be seen as a failure of government

Tweet In today’s post Steven Griggs and David Howarth outline six reasons why the decision to build a third runway at Heathrow airport represents a failure of government, that will be hotly contested and continue to generate controversy well into the … Continue reading

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The hollowness of GDP: The case of Ireland

Tweet In today’s post Dr Daniel Bailey and Professor John Barry argue that Ireland’s GDP statistics highlight the disconnect between ‘official’ growth and the real economy, and raise questions about the nature of growth itself. This post was originally published by … Continue reading

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The Visible Hand: George Osborne and the Labour Market

Tweet CURA’s Professor Phil Almond writes about contradictions in  labour market policy that are apparent in the government’s March 2016 budget. George Osborne’s Budget appears to have been a much less successful exercise in fostering hegemony than his immediate post-election efforts. … Continue reading

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Participatory Budgeting: Shining light on the well manicured hands on the public purse.

Tweet Jez Hall from the Participatory Budgeting Network argues that the costs are spiralling of a public service culture that is focussed on acute interventions, increasingly relies on private delivery and is driven by the interests of professionals. He argues … Continue reading

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Disability and the Bedroom Tax: Discretionary Payments Violate Statutory Rights

Tweet The Guardian reported today that the Appeal Court have ruled the Bedroom Tax unlawful with respect to two cases – a victim of domestic violence “A”, and a severely disabled teenager, Warren Todd.   The outcome is an important stepping-stone … Continue reading

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