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Tony Travers is Director of the Institute of Public Affairs at the London School of Economics & Political Science. He is also a professor in the LSE’s Government Department and co-director of LSE London. Research interests include public finance, urban politics and London government. He has been an advisor to a number of UK Parliamentary committees.
He was a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund from 1999 to 2004, and also a member of the UK Arts Council’s Touring Panel during the late 1990s. From 1992 to 1997, he was a member of the UK government’s Audit Commission. He was a member of the Urban Task Force Working Group on Finance.
He is a research board member of the Centre for Cities and a board member of the New Local Government Network. He is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy. He chaired the London Finance Commission (2012-13 and again in 2016-17) and was a member of the City Growth Commission (2013-14).
He recently chaired an independent commission examining local government finance in Wales and is currently Chair of the London Finance Commission
He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British Government The Politics of the Poll Tax (with David Butler and Andrew Adonis), The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City. Most recently, he published London’s Boroughs at 50.