The LGA/SOLACE/ESRC Local Government Research Facilitator and University of Birmingham Institute for Local Government (INLOGOV), CityREDI and the PSA delivered a series of seminars to help local public partners develop highly effective combined authorities.

The fourth seminar in the series (25 February 2016) focused on the Relationships with Central Government, including:

  • Evidence, Policy and Economics – how to access and interpret evidence
  • Negotiation skills and approaches – how to develop and pitch your case
  • The blame game – how to handle things that go wrong
  • Champions of devolution – can Combined Authorities forge a path for a new constitutional relationship between local and central government?


Making Devolution Deals Work – Jo Casebourne

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The Hull Commission – Daniel Goodwin

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When is devolution not devolution- Gill Bentley

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Governance the collision on Politics and Cooperation – Richard Callaghan

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Devolution deal and the CA experiences of government – Mike Emmerich


The Research Facilitator for Local Government project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in partnership with the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) and the Local Government Association (LGA).

More events in the series: Combined Authorities  – A programme of events for political, academic and public management leaders.