Foe City credit Willem Hampson

Levelling Up the Left Behind: Myth or Possibility?

Torsten Bell, Raquel Ortega-Argilés and Marianne Sensier with Andy Bounds

Economics/
Tue 17 November 2020

Crowdcast

Levelling Up the Left Behind: Myth or Possibility?

Torsten Bell, Raquel Ortega-Argilés and Marianne Sensier with Andy Bounds

Foe City credit Willem Hampson
Tue 17 November 2020,

Crowdcast

This event was part of our online programme and took place on our Crowdcast channel. You can watch it HERE.

For decades, successive governments have avoided explicit industrial goals, wary of Britain’s poor performance in the 1970s. But growing concern about productivity and regional inequality means that industrial policy is back and has a distinctly local flavour. What should a government committed to ‘levelling up’ do to revive flagging regions? How should local decisions be made and funded? What does this mean for cities like Bristol, facing trade-offs between reviving their economies versus the risk of a new local lockdown?

The panel includes Torsten Bell (Resolution Foundation); Raquel Ortega-Argilés (City- REDI Institute, University of Birmingham) and Marianne Sensier (Alliance Manchester Business School) with chair Andy Bounds (FT).

In our ninth Festival of Economics, co-programmed by Diane Coyle and Richard Davies, economists and experts from around the world debate with each other – and their audiences – some of the key economic questions of our time.

It’s important to us that ideas and debate are affordable to everyone. It’s also important that our commentators, artists, writers, poets and thinkers are paid. This is a Pay What You Can event. You are invited to choose your own contribution to the event, from £0 to £8. All proceeds go towards supporting our speakers and sustaining Festival of Ideas. The option to attend for free is available for all online events.

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