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The focus for students will be to outline the main factors for London’s recent economic restructuring: from shifts in global capital flows to technological and social changes, and processes of counter-urbanisation.

Further Reading:

Buck, N., Gordon, I., Hall, P., Harloe, M. and Kleinman, M. (eds.) 2002: Working Capital: Life and Labour in Contemporary London, London: Routledge. Coppock, J. 1964: A general view of London and its environs. In Coppock, J. and Prince, H. (eds.) Greater London. London: Faber and Faber, 19-41. Daunton, M. 1996: Industry in London: revisions and reflections. London Journal 21 (1), 1-8. Dennis, R. 1978: The decline of manufacturing employment in Greater London: 1966-74. Urban Studies 15, 63-73. Graham, D. and Spence, N. 1997: Competition for metropolitan resources: the ‘crowding out’ of London’s manufacturing industry? Environment and Planning A 29, 459-484. Gripaios, P. 1977: The closure of firms in the inner city: the South East London case 1970-75. Regional Studies 11, 1-6. Hall, P. 1962: The industries of London. London: Hutchinson University. Hewison, R. 1987: The heritage industry: Britain in a climate of decline. London: Methuen. Hoggart, K and Green, D. (eds.) 1991: London: A New Metropolitan Geography, Edward Arnold. Hutton, T. 2004: The new economy of the inner city. Cities 21 (2), 89-108. King, A.D. 1990: Global Cities: Post-Imperialism and the Internationalization of London. Pratt, A. 1997: The cultural industries production system: a case study of employment change in Britain, 1984-91. Environment and Planning A 29, 1953-1974. London. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 9, 197-222.

Topic 7: From the GLC to the GLA

This session will explore how London’s political landscape has changed since the 1970s. It will detail the fractious political battles surrounding the abolition of the Greater London Council (GLC) in the 1980s, the ongoing tensions and complexities between local, metropolitan and national tiers of government, and the increasing dominance of ‘neoliberal’ political ideologies in framing policy decisions.

Students will discuss a range of topical newspaper articles on these topics drawn from publications such as the Evening Standard, the Guardian, Private Eye and the Economist.

Further Reading:

Davis, J. 2003: From GLC to GLA: London politics from then to now. In Gibson, A. and Kerr, J. (eds.), 109-116. GLA, 2002: London divided: income inequality and poverty in the capital. London: Greater London Authority. Husbands, C. 1983: Racial exclusionism and the city: the urban support of the National Front. London: Allen and Unwin. McNeill, D. 2002: Livingstone’s London: left politics and the world city. Regional Studies 36(1), 75-91. Newman, P. and Smith, I. 2000: Cultural production, place and politics on the South governance of London: Influencing the urban policy and planning agenda. Urban Studies 7, 967-988. Newman, P. and Thornley, A. 1997: Fragmentation and centralisation in the Bank of the Thames. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 24, 9-24. Pimlott, B and Rao, N. 2002: Governing London. Oxford, OUP Simmie, J. 1994: Planning London. London: UCL Press.

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