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Book Launch
City Survivors: Bringing up children in disadvantaged neighbourhoods

Anne Power will launch her new publication City Survivors with a seminar at LSE on -

Thursday 22nd November

4.30pm to 6.00pm

- in the CEP Conference Room (R405), 4th Floor, Research Laboratory, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD.

This event is FREE but booking is essential.

An informal drinks reception will follow the seminar.

To request a seat for this event, please contact:
Anna Tamas email:, tel: +44(0)20-7955-6562.

About the book:
City Survivors is based on yearly visits over seven years to two hundred families living in four highly disadvantaged city neighbourhoods, two in East London and two in Northern inner and outer city areas. Twenty four families explain over time from the inside, how neighbourhoods in and of themselves directly affect family survival. These stories convey powerful messages from parents about the problems they want tackled, and the things that would help.

The book offers original and in-depth, qualitative evidence in a readable and accessible form that will be invaluable to policy-makers, practitioners, university students, academics and general readers interested in the future of families in cities.

Anne Power: City Survivors: Bringing up children in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Bristol: Policy Press.

Paperback £21.99 ISBN 9781847420497 ---- Hardback £60.00 ISBN 9781847420503

To order this book please see

News Posted: 22 November 2007      [Back to the Top]

CASE Book Launch
Making Social Policy Work

Edited by John Hills, Julian Le Grand and David Piachaud

"A treasure trove of insights into what makes social policy work from a constellation of stellar academic stars. From first principles through to final delivery the book looks across the spectrum. Key specialists from the different fields - family, schools, higher education, health, social care, welfare, neighbourhood renewal, pensions, redistribution - examine what has worked and what might work better". Malcolm Dean, The Guardian

Social policy is now central to political debate in Britain. What has been achieved by efforts to improve services and reduce poverty? What is needed to deliver more effective and popular services to all and increase social justice? How can we make social policy work? These are some of the questions discussed in this collection of essays by a distinguished panel of leading social policy academics.

The book covers key issues in contemporary social policy, particularly concentrating on recent changes. It examines the history and goals of social policy as well as its delivery, focusing in turn on the family and the state, schools, higher education, healthcare, social care, communities and housing. Redistribution is also examined, exploring child poverty, pension reform and resources for welfare.

The essays in this collection have been specially written to honour the 70th birthday of Howard Glennerster whose pioneering work has been concerned not only with the theoretical, historical and political foundations of social policies but, cruciallly, with how they work in practice. It is a collection for those working in and interested in policy and politics in a wide variety of fields and for students of social policy, public policy and the public sector.

Contents: Introduction - John Hills, Julian Le Grand and David Piachaud; Part One: The aims of social policy: Principles, Poor Laws and welfare states - Jose Harris; Welfare; what for? Tania Burchardt; Part Two: Delivering social policy: Families, individuals and the state - Jane Lewis; Schools, financing and educational standards - Anne West; Financing higher education: tax, graduate tax or loans? - Nicolas Barr; Quasi-markets in healthcare - Julian Le Grand; social care: chocie and control - Martin Knapp; Neighbourhood renewal, mixed communities and social integration - Anne Power; Part Three: Redistribution: between households; over time; between areas: The restructuring of redistribution - David Piachaud; Pensions, public opinion and policy - John Hills; Distributing resources - Tony Travers.

PB £25.00 ISBN 978 1 86134 957 6. HB £65.00 ISBN 978 1 86134 958 3. 304 pages.

Launch price £20.00 - buy your copy today or order at before 16 November. When ordering on the website, please use promotional code POBM110 at the checkout.

Published 31 October 2007 by The Policy Press.

News Posted: 31 October 2007      [Back to the Top]

Weak Market Cities Programme visits Saint-Étienne
Research highlighted in local newspaper 'Le Progrès'

Espace Loisirs
The Weak Market Cities team meeting residents at the Espace Loisirs in Beaulieu.
From left to right: Jean-Paul Barbot (director of the Espace Loisirs), Anne Power, Astrid Winkler, Jörg Plöger and Rachid Kaddour (local academic).

The Weak Market Cities Programme hit the French newspapers when director Anne Power and researchers Astrid Winkler and Jörg Plöger visited Saint-Étienne - one of 7 European cities they analyse in their study of how old industrial cities regenerate themselves.

Local interest was generated after Anne Power's meeting with Saint-Étienne's mayor Michel Thiollière, who recognised the social problems facing cities following deindustrialization and expressed his enthusiasm for the study.

Le Progrès published two articles following the meeting with the mayor and the programme's subsequent visit to the social housing 'grand ensemble' neighbourhood of Montchovet. For further information please visit the Weak Market Cities Programme website.
News Posted: 19 July 2007      [Back to the Top]

Major LSE research to launch this week
Tackling Low Educational Achievement

A new report, Tackling Low Educational Achievement: a report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation , by Professor Robert Cassen, the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at LSE, and Dr Geeta Kingdon, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, will be launched with a seminar on Thursday 28 June at the Work Foundation.

The report gives a profile of the tens of thousands of students who leave school every year with little or nothing to show for it, discusses the factors underlying low achievement, and addresses how the situation can be improved by policy. As well as conducting their own research the authors have reviewed the extensive recent research by others, so that their report is fully comprehensive.

Professor Cassen and Dr Kingdon's research was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and will be published on Friday 22 June. The authors present their findings and outline their key recommendations in a public event, introduced and chaired by Estelle Morris, on Thursday 28 June.

The event, at 9am for a 9.30am start, will be held at:
The Work Foundation,
Asticus Building,
21 Palmer St,
London SW1H 0AD.

The event is free and open to all but registration is required. Please email Anna Tamas at to register.

The full report and a summary are available to download free from the Teacher Training Resource Bank (TTRB) website:
News Posted: 28 June 2007      [Back to the Top]

Book Launch
Jigsaw cities: Big Places, Small Spaces

Jigsaw cities: Big places, small spaces

14 March 2007

by Anne Power and John Houghton

This new book explores Britain's intensely urban and increasingly global communities as interlocking pieces of a complex jigsaw; they are hard to see apart yet they are deeply unequal. How did our major cities become so divided? How do they respond to housing and neighbourhood decay?

Jigsaw Cities examines these issues using Birmingham, Britain's second largest city, as a model of pioneering urban order and as a victim of brutal Modernist planning.

Through a close look at major British cities, using Birmingham as a case study, the book explores:
  • the origins of Britain's acute urban decline and sprawling exodus;
  • the reasons why "one size doesn't fit all" in cities of the future;
  • the potential for smart growth, mixed communities and sustainable cities.
Based on live examples and hands-on experience, this extremely accessible book offers a unique 'insider' perspective on policy making and practical impacts. It will attract policymakers in cities and government as well as students, regeneration bodies, community organisations and environmental specialists.

Anne Power is Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science; Sustainable Development Commissioner responsible for regeneration and sustainable communities; member of the Government's Urban Task Force; author of books on cities, communities and marginal housing areas in the UK and abroad.

John Houghton was head of the Communities Division at the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit; a visiting research associate at CASE; and currently a Harkness scholar at the University of Minnesota. John Houghton worked as Anne Power's assistant during 2002-03 while Anne was Chair of the Independent Commission on the Future of Housing in Birmingham.

Read more at the Policy Press and download free sample chapters in Adobe PDF.
News Posted: 14 March 2007      [Back to the Top]

Report Launch
Ends and Means: The future roles of social housing in England

Launch of a report on the assessment of the aims of social housing on 20 February 2007:

Ends and Means: The future roles of social housing in England by John Hills

This report was commissioned to help the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government "stand back and ask what role social housing can play in 21st Century housing policy". Its aim is to provide the background and analytical framework against which the implications of different answers to such a fundamental question can be debated both inside and outside government. Amongst other issues the report covers key questions raised by the terms of reference, in particular:
  • What can social housing do in helping create genuinely mixed communities?

  • Can the way we run it encourage social mobility and opportunities, including in the labour market, for people to get on in their lives?

  • Can social housing and other support be more responsive to changing needs and enable greater geographical mobility?
The report looks at the possible trade-offs between these and other objectives - but also, more encouragingly, at the ways in which achieving some of them may reinforce each other. The report assesses different objectives and implications for the direction of travel on reform, rather than making detailed policy recommendations. As will become evident from the evidence presented here and the conclusions which they lead to, there are important issues, affecting a crucial part of the lives of nearly four million households in England and the use of assets worth more than £400 billion, that require urgent debate. Specific policy responses would require careful design and consultation. This report is designed to contribute to the beginning of such a process, rather than be the conclusion of it.

The full report (CASEreport 34) and a summary are available to download free from the website:
News Posted: 20 February 2007      [Back to the Top]