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.

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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Learning lessons: we need to encourage more policy sharing and less innovation

Tweet Sophie Wilson from the Institute for Government argues that there is too much focus on innovation in public services, and the we should focus more on learning from, and expanding, ‘what works’. We all like new things. Whether it’s the latest … Continue reading

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Making the most of the devolution revolution

Tweet In his budget statement last week, the Chancellor spoke again of a ‘devolution revolution’. Other areas beyond Greater Manchester will receive new powers and responsibilities previously held in Whitehall. Agreements with Sheffield, Cornwall and Yorkshire are underway, with more … Continue reading

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The Autumn Spending Review: A Political but not an Economic Fix?

Tweet After the Government’s spending review on 25th November, I was struck by how experienced political commentators were fumbling to get a grip on the detail of its plans and forecasts. What lies beneath the headlines and soundbytes will become clear … Continue reading

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