Category Archives: Media

Devo Manc and the Osbornification of public policy

Far from being a positive example of decentralisation, Robin Hambleton argues that George Osborne’s proposals for ‘devo Manc’ are the latest example of ‘centralisation on steroids’.
You can read the argument in full on the LSE British Politics and Policy blog.

Talking about mayors

This week David joined Alex for the first of his Policy Unpacked podcasts. The discussion focused on elected mayors. You can listen to the discussion here.

Outputs appearing elsewhere

We’ve appeared in various places around the blogosphere over recent months talking about mayors, local government and local democracy.

Here’s a round up of some of our activity.  Continue reading

Prospects report launched

Our prospects report was launched on Friday at City Hall. Mayor Ferguson was present to offer his initial response to the findings.

The report can be downloaded from Our Publications page.

A brief news item in the Bristol Post, following on from the launch, can be found here.

The Prospects report is only the first part of our research. It found that many people in the city had high expectations of the move to Mayoral governance. One of our key aims is to follow up on the prospects study later in the year to see whether these expectations were borne out by experience.

Robin Hambleton on elected mayors and our project

A ‘Bristolian Boris’?

The BBC is continuing to provide coverage of the imminent arrival of an elected mayor for Bristol. You can find the most recent piece on their website here, including comments from Robin Hambleton.

Robin also contributed to BBC Radio4’s World at One feature on the Bristol mayoral election (30th October). He points out the merits of making the more ambitious move to a metro mayor and notes the international trend towards elected mayors.  You can listen here starting at 28m 05s.

Watch out for #mayorwatch

The Citizen Journalism project run by RELAYS at Watershed is up and running.

The citizen journalists will be tweeting from the @BSMayorwatch account and using the hashtag #mayorwatch. So keep an eye out for their thoughts on the mayoral race over the next three weeks. Continue reading