Can we design the future? Civic economics in austerity Britain

Thompson, Matthew and Lorne, Colin (2023). Can we design the future? Civic economics in austerity Britain. Stir to Action.

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Abstract

Radical transformation is promised through elegantly elaborated theories of change, branded as a model, and packaged seductively, sold as a lucrative commodity in a growing marketplace of place-based policy ideas. In catching the imaginations of cash-strapped commissioners in innovative partnerships with flush foundations – beyond the reach of democratic decision-making – such models concentrate scarce resources intensively on a handful of places, leaning into the competitive winner-takes-all logic of neoliberalism.

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