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Human Geography Workshop: 'Returning to the Local State: Transitions & Risks in Local Government'

17th January 2018, 13:00 to 17:00, W007, Main Geography Building

Organisers: Emma Ormerod (Durham University), Joe Penny (University College London) and Joe Beswick (Leeds University).

Sponsored by: Urban Worlds and Politics-State-Space Research Clusters and the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience.

Ten years after the Global Financial Crisis, this workshop will explore the unfolding consequences of this event for local government and politics in the UK and ask whether it is time to return to the Local State as a frame of analysis?

Recent decades have seen widely reported, systemic shifts in the role, nature and object of local and city governments. At the same time, the theoretical apparatus deployed to understand local government and control have also evolved, centring both on the entrepreneurial turn, and a shift from government to governance. But how do we reveal and understand the various risks associated with such transitions?

Reflecting on earlier modes of governing and conceptualisations of the Local State, we are delighted to welcome Professor Allan Cochrane (Open University) to open up a revisiting of the Local State through an interview-style conversation. Alongside this, we will hear from scholars currently working in various ways on a range of contemporary transitions and risks to local government / governance, and how helpful (or otherwise) the Local State is in thinking this through. This includes:

  • Dr Jonathan Darling (Manchester University): 'The Changing Role of Local Government in the Housing and Support of Asylum Seekers and Refugees Across the UK'
  • Dr Kevin Muldoon Smith (Northumbria University): 'Local Government and the Real (E)state Transition'
  • Elena Bessusi (University College, London): 'Is There Politics in Local Government Finance?'
  • Dr Gordon MacLeod: Discussant

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