06
Nov
08

Revitalising politics: the eclipse of local government as the root of a problem

Tony Travers, London School of Economics and Political Science

The British system of government is often described as ‘centralised’. Decisions about both national and local issues are made at the core of Whitehall. This arrangement has evolved over many years, thoughit has intensified in the period since 1945. Moreover, despite widespread agreement that such a heavily centralised system is seriously imperfect, it has proved impossible to shift power away from the centre in England. Scotland and Wales provide a different narrative.

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Revitalising Politics is an examination of why, given that the UK is going through a period of constitutional innovation, we lack the revitalised politics to go along with it. This website is a space for attendees and others who are interested to review, comment and expand on the position papers being presented at the conference.

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