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Urban renewal and digital democracy

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

In Prospect‘s guide to the big ideas that will shape debate in 2014, we noted the growing interest among political theorists and policymakers in cities as both engines of economic growth and sites of political power and participation. Although eight cities outside London currently deliver 27 per cent of England’s wealth, it’s clear they could be doing even better. And the key to that, many argue, is a devolution of power from the centre that would hand our cities a degree of fiscal autonomy. Jim O’Neill, the former Goldman Sachs economist…

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