Last week, Democratic Audit published new research into the governance of Merseyside, compiled by Alex Nurse, Stuart Wilks-Heeg and myself. The research was undertaken to inform our ‘Who governs Merseyside?‘ project, organised in conjunction with the Bluecoat, a Liverpool-based arts centre. Published as a new Democratic Audit report, the research examines the scale and organisation of the public, private and voluntary sectors on Merseyside, as well as the role of the local media. It forms one part of the wider project’s attempts to identify who has the power to shape and determine public policy on Merseyside. Continue reading
Anyone who took part in our ‘Who governs Merseyside?‘ event at the Bluecoat on 6 October will surely attest that the quality of the debate was exceptionally high. The ‘expert panel’ more than lived up to its billing, despite the fact that two of its members were unable to attend on the night. Yet, we barely needed an expert panel, such was the quality of the contributions from the audience.
One such contribution came from Professor Peter Batey, one of my colleagues at the University of Liverpool. Professor Batey suggested that if the object of the exercise was to measure influence over the long term, then Michael Heseltine was surely a name that should be in the mix. Continue reading