UWE Professor to speak at Bristol Ideas Forum

Issue date: 03 May 2013


What is local government for? The Watershed, Bristol 15 May 2013

Professor Robin Hambleton of the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments at UWE Bristol will be sharing the stage with George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP Minister for Cities and Lord Heseltine amongst others at the Bristol Ideas Forum next week.

The forum will debate and enquire around the theme 'What is local government for?' Is local government simply an arrangement to help national government run public services at the local level? Can local authorities reinvent themselves as vibrant democratic institutions well suited to the modern age?

The Forum is part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas that aims to generate fresh thinking relating to the future of local democracy in the UK.

Professor Robin Hambleton:

“By drawing on recent research on mayoral leadership in Bristol, as well as UWE research on city leadership in other countries, I will outline a fresh argument in favour of strong local government. Effective local government is essential in modern societies as it is the only way to provide place-based leadership for the common good. More than that, local government can play a crucial role in building a prosperous, inclusive society. But in the UK we are headed in the wrong direction – the over-centralisation of power in Whitehall is holding the country back.”

To find out more http://www.ideasfestival.co.uk/2013/events/bristol-ideas-forum/

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