New Orders | OECD Government After Shock

The balance of power post pandemic.

Join Andy Burnham, Lord Michael Heseltine, Professor Arpana Verma, Jacqui McKinlay, the Open Government Network and others, to contribute to a global conversation about change post pandemic as part of the OECD’s Government After Shock.

The coronavirus has brutally exposed the imbalance of power between regional and national government.

As cases climbed and local lockdowns kicked in, so calls grew for localised track and trace, localised data access, and localised support packages. And the decades old tug of war between national and local, centralised and decentralised, commenced.

‘They have been treating the North with contempt,’ said Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester. ‘This is an important moment in the political life of our country.’

Is it? Could the pandemic serve as a catalyst to redressing the longstanding imbalance of power in the UK? And what role does transparency, accountability and the participation of citizens have in any change that takes place?

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The Government After Shock event is a collaborative initiative led by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Observatory of Public Sector Innovation. It is also supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 870913.



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