Publications

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Where’s the Money? Neighbourhood governance and the future of local finance

November 2006

Paul Hilder

This paper presents recommendations on how the reform of local public finance in England can appropriately reflect the government’s plans for a strengthened tier of neighbourhood governance, which appeared on 26 October 2006 in Strong and Prosperous Communities: the local government white paper. Our contributions here have been informed by the vision articulated in Double... Find out more

How local government devolves and why – Part 2

November 2006

Paul Hilder

Part 2: Developing local strategies. This briefing, commissioned by LGA and IDeA, outlines the building-blocks, tactics and approaches which can make up local authority startegies to enagaging with communities. It is illustarted by numerous case studies of best practice, many from the Transforming Neighbourhoods programme. Download a full pdf of the report.

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How local government devolves and why

November 2006

Paul Hilder

Why work in neighbourhoods and communities? This briefing, commissioned by LGA and IDeA, looks at why local government devolves, decentralises and empowers, the impact this can have and the strategies councils have adopted to engage with their citizens. Download a full pdf version of the publication.

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Parties for the Public Good

This report – backed by a major Ipsos/MORI poll – warns against ‘insider’s stitch up on party funding’ and calls for reversal of a 20 year trend towards ‘centralisation, marketing and dependence on dubious donors’’ which has left parties hollowed out and less trusted by the public; and makes recommendations for rebuilding political parties as... Find out more

Positional Goods: New inequalities and the importance of relative position

September 2006

The Young Foundation’s project on Positional Goods explored the emergence of new inequalities in modern Britain and the importance of relative position: “Keeping up with the Jones’s”. The project’s aims were to understand modern trends in material consumption, celebrity lifestyles and ‘luxury fever’ as well as the slow decline in happiness levels, rising sustainability concerns,... Find out more

Bridging the Gap: The London Olympics 2012 and South Asian – owned Businesses in Brick Lane and Green Street

This report which reveals a significant gap between the activities of the London Olympics 2012 development agencies and the expectations of small businesses in Brick Lane and Green Street. The study of 50 small Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani catering, commercial and retail outlets in Brick Lane (Tower Hamlets) and Green Street (Newham) analyses what local... Find out more

Local democracy and neighbourhood governance

Democracy can flourish in many different ways. It is presently evolving as fresh demands for and practices of participation fall in with and challenge the representative process. Our work has found that arguments between participation and representation prove sterile when we see how they can work together in processes of “everyday democracy”. Our recommendations here... Find out more