Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value
The University of Warwick will, in Summer/Autumn 2013, launch a new "Warwick Commission" on The Future of Cultural Value. The Commission will bring together a select-group of high-profile UK artists, policy-makers, business leaders and economists that, over the course of the next 18 months, will form a series of policy-focused, significant and innovative recommendations on the future of cultural value in the UK.
The Commission will explore how the UK should define cultural value, the role of creativity in skills and education, the contribution of culture to the ecosystem of national social health, and the emergent global trend of large-scale investment in culture from rising economic powers. It will provide a distinctive and powerful voice that will frame the cultural and economic debate and policy landscape in the build-up to the 2015 UK General Election.
Chaired by Vikki Heywood CBE, (Chairman, RSA) the Commission will embark on a rigorous process of review and evidence-gathering that will incorporate a series of high-profile, public “select committee style” evidence sessions. It will undertake a review of the wide-range of existing work across multiple disciplines and policy areas; developing a coherent, definitive and compelling overview of the topic.
Over the next 18 months, a series of public evidence sessions will be hosted in prestigious locations across the UK and abroad. Held in conjunction with partner organisations, these events will be conducted as a series of conversations between Commissioners, academics and expert witnesses. It is also envisioned that a series of dinners will provide opportunities to informally debate key issues with business and cultural leaders in order to consider possible challenges to the status quo.
Funded and hosted by the University of Warwick, the Commission is both independent and politically neutral - with a strong commitment to the development of evidence-driven recommendations.
The Warwick Commission was established by the University of Warwick in 2007 with the aim of drawing on the scholarly expertise of Warwick academics as well as practitioners and policy makers to address issues of global importance.
In the best traditions of intellectual discovery, the Warwick Commissions are charged with carrying out independent analysis of a particular issue with the goal of making practical and realistic recommendations about how to move it forward.
The aim of the Commissions is to make thought provoking contributions to the debate thereby assisting policymakers to find solutions to sometimes seemingly intractable problems. The activities of the Commission and its Reports are intended as an exercise in public policy informed by rigorous scholarly and analytical thinking. It is an excellent demonstration of the importance of good multidisciplinary social science to public policy.
Warwick Commission on Elected Mayors and City Leadership
The current Warwick Commission is on the subject of Elected Mayors and City Leadership. With the Localism Act now passed into law, the Commission will set out the challenges and opportunities presented by the government's proposals to introduce elected mayors in core cities in England over the next two years.
The Localism Act makes provision for the creation of directly elected mayors, subject to confirmatory referendums, in England’s largest cities. Referendums in some or all of those cities are likely to take place in May 2012. Where the outcome is a ‘yes’ vote, elections could begin to take place in November 2012.
The Commission will answer the key question: “What is the role of elected mayors in providing strategic leadership to cities?” The purpose of the Warwick Commission on Elected Mayors and City Leadership is not to judge whether directly elected Mayors are the right system of democratic governance as this will be a matter for electors. Rather, the Commission will consider the optimal scale and structure for the offices of elected mayor if one or more city votes to adopt the system. The Commission is strictly party and candidate neutral and will open its work and deliberations to any stakeholder with an interest in the subject of elected mayors, city leadership and governance including those running referenda campaigns.
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In Praise of Unlevel Playing Fields
In a pathbreaking report on reforming the international financial system in the wake of the global crisis, an international commission makes five key recommendations that they believe will enhance financial stability.
The current international financial crisis asks us to rethink our answer to an important question: what are our financial systems for? The Warwick Commission on International Financial Reform provides an answer by bringing together a range of world-class economists, political scientists, and lawyers to explore how we can best enhance international financial stability through regulation that is sensitive to variations in what countries want from their financial systems. The Commission has identified key reforms for a well-regulated financial system. Among these reforms is a stress on dealing with boom-bust cycles, introducing macro-prudential regulation, recognising the need for a better allocation of risks among financial institutions, dealing with issues of regulatory capture, and bolstering national rules with international coordination to promote international financial stability.
The Multilateral Trade Regime: Which Way Forward?
This Report examines how the multilateral trade regime can better serve the global community.
It does so by asking if the sustained and uneven transformation of the global economy, with the associated rise of new powers, heightened aspirations, and considerable pockets of societal discontent, require a reconsideration of the principles and practices that currently guide the multilateral trade regime, the core of which is the World Trade Organization (WTO). Having considered this question, the Warwick Commission sees five challenges facing the multilateral trade regime – challenges that can be addressed more effectively than at present if the steps proposed here are taken. Our approach is guided as much by the practical realities of the contemporary trading regime as it is informed by analyses of long-term trends and national and regional circumstances.