Alex Marsh

Britain’s Property Problem: Demand increases are rapidly transmitted into rising prices rather than expanded output

The government’s housing policy has been controversial. Some applaud Help to Buy for kickstarting activity in the housing market, while others warn of potential pitfalls, especially regarding the second phase that will be implemented from January. Alex Marsh argues that more credit being poured into the housing market will only be able to deliver a modest supply response. This means increasing […]

Bristol is the only city that voted for an elected mayor. It remains to be seen how relevant the office will be

10 out of 11 cities voted against having an elected mayor with Bristol being the only exception. Alex Marsh explains how this occured and argues that the willingness of Whitehall to relinquish power to the town hall is perhaps the key issue that will shape the trajectory of this mayoral experiment. Bristol is unique. Those of us who live here are, of course, already aware of […]

Open public service reform should not be a cover for serving corporate interests. Mutualism and its fellows could instead serve to enhance industrial democracy

Alex Marsh argues that to embrace the call to go further and faster on public service reform would play into the hands of corporate actors and lead to a further concentration of economic power. The development of alternative models of service provision that enhance industrial democracy should be pursued instead. Last week on this blog, Will Tanner argued that the […]