The next Catalan Observatory event consists of two workshops, to be held on Wednesday 2 May 2012 in the Cañada Blanch Room, First Floor, Cowdray House, Portugal St, LSE, London WC2A 2AE.

From Austerity to Internationalisation10.30 – Tea and coffee
11.00 – Welcome by Prof. Paul Preston, Chair, Catalan Observatory, LSE and Roser Clavell, General Secretary, Patronat Catalunya Món
11.15 – Workshop 1
12.30 – Workshop 2

1  Public Policy and Austerity: Reshaping the Quest for Efficiency

The financial crisis is having a major impact on public expenditure. New goals are being set and there are multiple debates regarding when, where and how much to reduce. The challenge, especially at the local level, is to increase efficiency: spending less and spending it better. This workshop offers a comparative overview of the techniques that are being implemented in Catalonia and the United Kingdom.

Speaker: Miquel  Salvador,  Associate Lecturer at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Chair: Prof. H. Overman, Director Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE

2  Internationalising Local Government and Smart City Branding

Internationalisation in the current context represents a key strategy for local entities to improve both competitiveness and their global reputation. Cities are developing new ways of gaining a comparative advantage in the international market, at the same time as they build up network exchanges to help achieve best practices. The introduction of new technologies and the debates surrounding the notion of the ‘smart city’ is also becoming crucial. How much of that will endure, and how much cities can gain from internationalising?

Speakers:  Juan  Carlos  Belloso,  Advisor  in  City  Branding,  City  Council  of Barcelona,  and  Joaquim  Llimona,  Director  of  International  Relations  and Cooperation, City Council of Barcelona
Chair: Dr.  Simona  Iammarino,  Reader in Economic Geography and Regional Science, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE

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