Resolution Foundation

Centralisation Nation

Britain’s system of local government and its impact on the national economy
The State

Britain has been experiencing stagnation for over a decade. The national economy is being limited by an over-centralised, inefficient and under-resourced system of local government.

Ultimately, improving the nation’s economic performance and overcoming this stagnation will require institutional reforms of local economic governance. Cities, as places of innovative and high-skilled activity, will be of particular importance in delivering such positive economic change.

This report was commissioned by the Resolution Foundation from Centre for Cities as part of the Economy 2030 Inquiry.


For all research queries about this report, please contact Anthony Breach or Stuart Bridgett at Centre for Cities. For press queries, please contact the Resolution Foundation press office.