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.

Thinking Differently About Peri-urban Infrastructures

Tweet In today’s post, Valeria Gaurneros-Meza dn Steven Griggs report on the results of a two day workshop on peri-urban infrastructures hosted by CURA at DMU on May 2017. Whether we are travelling to work on a train, flushing a … Continue reading

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Austerity Diasporas – Households in Crisis: Austerity, Migration and Family in Portuguese London

Tweet In today’s post Lisa Rodan introduces a series of publications on her ongoing PhD research into how Portuguese migrants understand their lives and experiences in relation to the political and social changes wrought by the 2008 financial crisis and the … Continue reading

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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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