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The Heseltine Institute blog provides a space for policymakers, practitioners and academics to share their aspirations, knowledge and policy ideas across a range of topics to influence and inform public policies for tomorrow's cities and city regions.

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Joined up? How central government can support place-based workingJoined up? How central government can support place-based working

Joined up? How central government can support place-based working

Joanna Hayes looks at how central government can support local government in a collaborative, place-based approach to addressing local priorities, drawing on lessons from the Partnerships for People and Place pilots.

Posted on: 16 July 2024

Community organising improved my life, what part can it play in national renewal?Community organising improved my life, what part can it play in national renewal?

Community organising improved my life, what part can it play in national renewal?

In this blog, Belinda reflects on the role of community organising in improving outcomes for communities and its potential role in mission led government.

Posted on: 9 July 2024

What will a Labour government mean for 'levelling up'?What will a Labour government mean for

What will a Labour government mean for 'levelling up'?

Whilst regional inequality was not a central focus of Labour’s election campaign, James Hickson argues that the Party’s ‘securonomics’ agenda could offer the basis for a new approach to addressing social and economic disparities across the country.

Posted on: 8 July 2024

Community organising: restoring faith in democracy?Community organising: restoring faith in democracy?

Community organising: restoring faith in democracy?

With the UK General Election fast approaching, we ask if community organising could help to re-establish trust in our political system?

Posted on: 18 June 2024

What the manifestos say about combined authoritiesWhat the manifestos say about combined authorities

What the manifestos say about combined authorities

With the manifestos of the three largest parties in England now published, Dr Tom Arnold assesses what the future may look like for combined authorities.

Posted on: 14 June 2024

Heseltine Institute General Election 2024 Policy DigestHeseltine Institute General Election 2024 Policy Digest

Heseltine Institute General Election 2024 Policy Digest

With a General Election now set for 4 July 2024, the policy community is turning its attention to the next Parliament – and how the biggest policy issues of our time could be addressed. In the run up to the election, the Heseltine Institute will be publishing pieces on a range of topics that will undoubtedly be subject to debate over the coming weeks. In the meantime, we’ve trawled our archives to highlight some of our recent policy-focused work.

Posted on: 4 June 2024

Things might actually get better: Trends, discontinuities and the future for ‘Levelling Up’Things might actually get better: Trends, discontinuities and the future for ‘Levelling Up’

Things might actually get better: Trends, discontinuities and the future for ‘Levelling Up’

While the immediate economic outlook is certainly gloomy, the medium-term outlook is better.

Posted on: 15 February 2024

Untangling the effect of insecure work on local economic performance: towards a new research agendaUntangling the effect of insecure work on local economic performance: towards a new research agenda

Untangling the effect of insecure work on local economic performance: towards a new research agenda

Insecure work can have a cost for individuals, but how does insecurity affect local economies? This blog proposes a new direction for future research, that quantifies the effect insecurity is having locally in order to inform new approaches to improving the quality – and not just quantity – of work.

Posted on: 6 February 2024

The Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review: can ‘transformational’ growth be delivered? The Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review: can ‘transformational’ growth be delivered?

The Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review: can ‘transformational’ growth be delivered?

Heseltine Institute Research Associate Dr Tom Arnold reflects on the new Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review and discusses whether the right policy levers are available to deliver the ‘transformational’ economic growth it proposes.

Posted on: 7 December 2023

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