Past eventInvitation Only

Fiscal Federalism in the UK: How Free is Local Government?

18 September 2013 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Chatham House, London


Ben Lockwood, Professor of Economics, University of Warwick
Paul Wallace, European Economics Editor, The Economist
Chair: André Astrow, Senior Consultant and Project Director, International Economics, Chatham House



Ben Lockwood will argue that the UK would benefit from a degree of fiscal decentralization.

Looking at the effects of party control and performance management schemes on local government and its behaviour, his work shows that in spite of the many constraints on local government in England and Wales, party control does appear to matter for expenditure, taxes, and local public employment. Focusing on performance management schemes, such as the Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA), the author will also argue that such schemes have increased local government spending and taxation but generally have failed to improve efficiency in the use of resources. A roundtable discussion will follow.

This event will launch the ninth paper in the Chatham House-CAGE series, published in partnership with the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.