Centralism isn’t working, can we try something different?

By Heather Jameson | 31 October 2023
  • Heather Jameson

Dame Melanie Dawes, former permanent secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government, paints a bleak – but extremely accurate – picture of centralism in the UK in her contribution to Harvard’s newly-published examination of regional policy.

She describes issues with structures, a lack of coherence and accountability and an inability to delegate to districts as they are too small.

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