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This chapter provides an ethnographic description of political relations in the city of Manchester by focusing on the attempts to distribute responsibility for reductions in the city's carbon emissions. It discusses the process of inclusion from the perspective of some of those people working in partnership with the local Council. The chapter focuses on the formation of the city of Manchester's environmental policy and response to the 2008 Climate Change Act. The broader field of environmental politics in the city was often characterised by pointing to an important but uneasy relationship between 'activists' and 'officers'. The chapter considers how the organisations who were being invited to be incorporated into the distributed form of politics responded to being part of the 'stab vest' organisation. Supporters of an entrepreneurial approach to urban politics in Manchester have argued that public-private partnerships have been the basis for a positive transformation of the city.