Room 0.27b, Law & Politics Building
Time Slot: 
Monday 26th March 16:15 - 17:45
Panel Chair: 
  • Professor Jonathan Bradbury (Swansea University)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Simon Toubeau (University of Nottingham)
  • Professor Christopher Hood (University of Oxford)
  • Professor Iain McLean (University of Oxford)

A key research agenda in the study of public policy is the extent to which and ways in which public policy and public finance are reconfigured in multi-level states by the competing demands of state cohesion and regional autonomy.  The panel addresses three key issues in this research agenda.  Toubeau and Kleider provide a review of convergence and divergence in public policy in multi-level states and consider the factors affecting varied outcomes.  McLean considers the problem of establishing a balance between state public expenditure control and regional financial autonomy, and assesses the extent to which the Commonwealth Grant Commission provides a model for managing territorial finance.  Finally, Toubeau and Vampa consider regional territorial finance in the context of critical change in public policy contexts, namely the economic cricis after 2010 in Spain and Italy.