VIDEO: UK public finances – Equality and equity between the 4 nations?

By |April 1st, 2022|

Professor Julian Hoppit (UCL) talks about his new book “The Dreadful Monster and its Poor Relations – taxing, spending and the United kingdom 1707-2021” with Professor Colin Talbot (University of Manchester and The Federal Trust). Modern arguments over public finances within the UK, and how far the nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland/Northern Ireland are treated fairly and equally are nothing new. Starting from [...]

VIDEO: ‘Beyond Westminster and Whitehall’ – 35 years later

By |March 18th, 2022|

In this interview, our Senior Research Fellow Professor Colin Talbot talks to Professor Rod Rhodes of Southampton University about relations between UK central government and local and regional tiers of government. In 1988, Professor Rhodes published his seminal book on this topic, “Beyond Westminster and Whitehall”. At the time the dominant view – especially amongst the political class - was that the UK was a highly [...]


By |February 17th, 2022|

The Federal Trust is launching an initiative – INTERGOV - to create a forum for better communications and understanding of intergovernmental relations within the United Kingdom. We believe the time is propitious for this  new initiative. The devolution settlements are rapidly mutating, not least as a result of Brexit ,and there is much talk in governmental circles of ambitious reforms to local government. The Covid [...]