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More Mirage than Miracle: assessing the UK's economic performance

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By Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich, Briar Lipson & Holger Schmieding. Bank of America Chief Economist Europe Dr Holger Schmieding, Policy Exchange Chief Economist Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich and Policy Exchange Research Fellow Briar Lipson assess the UK's economic performance since 1992.
Uploaded by policyexchange on 10/21/2007
Digital publication details: 4 pages.

Unaffordable Housing: Fables and Myths

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By Alan W. Evans & Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich. Britain's Soviet-style planning system means that we live in some of the smallest, oldest and costliest homes in the developed world. But is this the housing we want? Unaffordable Housing: Fables and Myths is the first of a three-part series of pamphlets investigating the causes of, and solutions to, Britain's housing shortage. Alan W. Evans and Oliver Marc Hartwich ask how Britain's housing has become the laughing stock of Western Europe. The key finding is that the British culture of centrally-planned development - a system established by the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act and embraced to this day by politicians of all parties - has resulted in a woeful shortage of affordable, desirable, high-quality housing. Unaffordable Housing also tackles myths that have protected the current system of central government planning for too long. Winner of Prospect's Pamphlet of the Year.
Uploaded by policyexchange on 06/26/2005
Digital publication details: 44 pages.

Science vs Superstition: the case for a new scientific enlightenment

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Edited by James Panton & Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich. Science vs Superstition – the case for a new scientific enlightenment challenges the common belief that scientific progress in today’s world inevitably entails an element of danger or moral uncertainty. While many people seem to lack the vision of a genuinely better future, the authors of this collection of essays believe that it is time to make the case for a more positive attitude towards the future – a future that is made better through science. In eight chapters, James Panton and Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich show how our perception of science has changed in recent decades and examines several case studies of the battle of scientific progress against unsubstantiated fears.
Uploaded by policyexchange on 11/22/2006
Digital publication details: 134 pages.

The Best Laid Plans: How planning prevents economic growth

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By Alan W. Evans & Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich. In three previous publications the report's authors have shown that most of the problems with the housing market - low supply, high prices, overcrowding - can be attributed to the planning system. Evans and Hartwich conclude in The Best Laid Plans that the main objective of planning has been to limit the spatial extent of cities and that this artificial reduction of land supply has severe consequences for society, the environment and the economy.
Uploaded by policyexchange on 01/23/2007
Digital publication details: 54 pages.

Cities Unlimited

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By Tim Leunig & James Swaffield. Edited by Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich. A decade of regeneration policies has failed to stop the inequality of opportunity between towns and cities in the North and those in the South East increasing. In their third report in the series on regeneration in the UK, Cities Unlimited, Tim Leunig and James Swaffield recommend a series of radical proposals that would reverse the trend and inject a much needed momentum back into regeneration policy. The key recommendations from the report are to increase the size of London by allowing landowners the right to convert industrial land into residential land in areas of above average employment; expand Oxford and Cambridge dramatically, just as Liverpool and Manchester expanded in the 19th century and for the Government to roll up current regeneration funding streams and allocate the money direct to local authorities.
Uploaded by policyexchange on 08/11/2008
Digital publication details: 63 pages.

When Hassle Means Help: The International Lessons of Conditional Welfare

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Edited by Lawrence Kay & Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich. With the number of people out of work and living off benefits staying stubbornly above 4 million, policy makers are increasingly looking at new ideas to get people off welfare and into work. Especially because, since 1997, over £75 billion of Government funds has been ploughed into creating welfare to work programmes. When Hassle Means Help, with contributions from international welfare experts, examines why conditionality works well in other countries, such as the US, Sweden and Germany – why it isn’t working in the UK - and how governments can most effectively get people back into work.
Uploaded by policyexchange on 10/13/2008
Digital publication details: 70 pages.

Paying for Success - How to make contracting out work in employment services

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Edited by Peter Lilley MP & Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich. In December 2006 the Department for Work and Pensions commissioned David Freud to investigate welfare reform. The Freud Report, which was published in March 2007, had one core recommendation: to use the private and voluntary sectors in the provision of employment services. However, while Freud briefly mentioned experiences made abroad, there was no detailed analysis of the reforms in other countries. Among UK policy makers, knowledge of international experience is patchy. This gap spurred Policy Exchange to commission research about five countries that have reformed the way in which they provide employment services to jobseekers: Australia, the United States (Wisconsin), Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. These countries are most frequently mentioned in welfare reform debates. Their experiences are assessed with regard to the lessons they hold for the UK by former Secretary of State for Social Security, Peter Lilley MP.
Uploaded by policyexchange on 06/01/2008
Digital publication details: 84 pages.

Success and the City: Learning from International Urban Policies

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By Tim Leunig & James Swaffield. Edited by Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich. Regeneration, and urban policy more widely, are worldwide issues. Many cities around the globe face similar issues to British cities - bringing business in, developing labour markets, addressing poverty and segregation, and encouraging people to migrate back to the city. Learning from this wealth of international experience is critical to improving the design, delivery and success of policy in the UK. Based on research in six city-regions - Vancouver, Amsterdam, the Ruhr, Lódz, Warsaw and Hong Kong - across three continents, Success and the city analyses how policy can be made to deliver healthy cities. Collectively, the message from these cities is clear: the most successful have the powers and ambition to initiate change, the freedoms to think and be innovative with policy, and the mechanisms to hold local change to account.
Uploaded by policyexchange on 03/22/2008
Digital publication details: 87 pages.

Bigger, Better, Faster, More: Why some countries plan better than others

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By Alan W. Evans & Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich. Bigger Fast Better More shows that in countries where local councils have to "compete for every inhabitant" they successfully plan for better and cheaper homes in sustainable, green communities. The authors visited Germany, Switzerland, Ireland and Australia to investigate how these countries plan for development. Like the UK, all four countries have experienced pressure on their housing markets because of growing populations, smaller households, longer life spans, immigration and increases in wealth. Some have adjusted to these changing conditions and continue to provide bigger and more affordable homes in green cities. But others have not.
Uploaded by policyexchange on 09/13/2005
Digital publication details: 82 pages.

Towards better transport: Funding new infrastructure with future road pricing revenue

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By Richard Wellings & Briar Lipson. Edited by Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich. According to Towards Better Transport, produced in cooperation with Serco and Bevan Brittan LLP, traffic congestion is now endemic, affecting not just large cities but also the core motorway network and small towns. It currently costs the UK economy in the region of £20bn per year, a figure set to rise significantly in the coming years, harming our future economic competitiveness and growth. The report’s authors, Richard Wellings and Briar Lipson, argue new roads have also tended to be built for political reasons rather than to tackle congestion as transport infrastructure in Britain has become not fit for purpose and detached from consumer demand.
Uploaded by policyexchange on 01/13/2008
Digital publication details: 70 pages.
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