Professor Tony Travers

Professor Tony Travers

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London School of Economics

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Tony Travers is a well-respected commentator on the public sector and local government, especially in London. He also advises on two parliamentary committees. Tony believes ‘Localism’ can only go so far where the centre determines, in effect, 100% of taxation. The Regional Growth Fund and local partnerships are intended to encourage lagging areas, but will this rebalance the economy from South to North?


Tony Travers is a well-respected commentator on the public sector and local government, particularly as it relates to London. He is director of the LSE Greater London Group, a research centre at the London School of Economics. He is also a visiting professor in the LSE’s Government Department.

Tony’s key research interests include local and regional government and public service reform. He is currently an advisor to the House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Select Committee and the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. He is a board member of the Centre for Cities and is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy.

Tony has also been a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund, a member of the Arts Council’s Touring Panel, and a member of the Audit Commission.

He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British Government - The Politics of the Poll Tax (authored with David Butler and Andrew Adonis), Paying for Health, Education and Housing - How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings, and The Politics of London - Governing the Ungovernable City.

He is also a regular commentator on the BBC and in print media include The Guardian, the New Statesman and The Times, and a range of public sector publications.

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