The US mid-term elections indicate a troubling increase in the already well-known political divide between urban and rural areas in the USA. Put simply, rural areas backed the Republicans and cities and suburbs supported the Democrats. In this article, first posted on the Open University Place-based Leadership website, Robin Hambleton examines the recent US election results and considers the possibilities for progressive place-based leadership.
The Civic University Commission, launched by the University Partnerships Programme (UPP) in March 2018, is an important effort to lift the quality of debate about the changing role of British universities in modern society. In this Alternatives Paper, published in the online journal People, Place and Policy in September 2018, Robin Hambleton suggests that, while many British universities now see themselves as ‘civic universities’, few can claim to be world leading in this regard. The article examines the changing role of universities in cities and offers a number of suggestions on how universities can become much more active local leaders.
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.
Significant insights that are emerging from the Bristol Civic Leadership Project are contained in a short ‘Policy Briefing’, published via Policy Bristol.
The Briefing, written by David Sweeting (University of Bristol) and Robin Hambleton (University of the West of England, Bristol), shows a dramatic increase in the public visibility of civic leadership in the city. This increase in visibility, however, is not accompanied by similar increases in public perceptions of trust in the council, nor views about representation in decision-making in the city.
You can download the briefing here: BCLP Policy Briefing October 2014