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Devolving powers from national to local or regional governments has the potential to transform how the UK is governed. The impacts on people and places depend on which powers are devolved and the structures created to hold power. Our research explores how devolution can create thriving and sustainable local economies and maximise citizen involvement in decision-making.

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Blog post // January 22, 2016

Three things that must happen for devolution to be a success

The transfer of power to regions must be done properly in order to help communities thrive More

Publication // December 3, 2015

Democracy: the missing link in the devolution debate

A briefing from NEF and the University of Sheffield


Blog post // December 2, 2015

Can devolution rebalance the UK economy?

We ask whether ministers are taking the right approach to devolution More

Blog post // May 18, 2015

Weekly Economics Podcast: the Northern Powerhouse

Breaking down the big macroeconomic issues - subscribe now for a new episode each Monday More

Video // May 2, 2015

How local authorities can boost their economies

Examples from Preston and Enfield show local authorities can help reduce wealth inequalities and foster strong local economies More