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A response to Anna Minton: we need city power, not urban ideology

Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak reply to Minton’s recent Prospect review of their new book

By Prospect Team  

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We read Anna Minton’s review of our new book, The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism, with extreme disappointment given our high regard for this magazine.

We always expected our main thesis—that cities are now the vanguard of problem solving in the world and need to gain and deploy power—to elicit controversy in Britain. Despite recent moves towards devolution—City Deals, the recent election of Metro Mayors—Britain remains one of the most centralised and compartmentalised governance regimes and political cultures in the world. This has left…

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