In this Federal Trust video Professor Sam Whimster and Dr. Andrew Black argue in favour of a radical overhaul of the relationship between the central British government and regional/local authorities. In recent years, the UK has become a more centralised political system, not least through the financial dominance of the Treasury. This centralisation makes for inefficiency and short-termism. The woeful saga of HS2 is the most recent example of dysfunction in British governance.

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Dr Andrew Black
Managing Director of Digit Ltd (financial consultancy firm), Senior Research Fellow at Brunel Business School, Senior Research Fellow at Global Policy Institute. He worked for many years in Germany, both in finance and academia.

Professor Sam Whimster
Deputy Director of the Global Policy Institute, member of the Academy of the Social Sciences. Editor of international journal Max Weber Studies.