Relieving democratic stress: Devolution and strong cities

Alexandra Jones writes for Policy Network how devolving power can resolve the disconnect between politicians and the public.

Press release published on 12 March 2014

In an age of austerity, in which the most favourable surveys find that only one in four of the public trust politicians, it is unsurprising that populism is on the rise throughout Europe. Those arguing for ideas seen to represent the ‘common people’ against an ‘out-of-touch elite’ are tapping into a rich vein of cynicism about political systems and politicians’ (and other public institutions, from banks to the media) perceived inability to understand the challenges facing everyday people, from immigration and unemployment to housing costs and poor public transport.

Read the rest of the article on Policy Network here.