We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

Regional governance in England : past experience, future direction ?

Mawson, J. (2007) 'Regional governance in England : past experience, future direction ?', International journal of public sector management., 20 (6). pp. 548-566.


Purpose – To present a paper which examine the UK's approach to devolution in respect of the English regions. Design/methodology/approach – The paper seeks to understand the policy choices facing the UK Government in redesigning governance arrangements in the English regions. This is achieved by an analysis of the evolution of regional governance arrangements in the past decade drawing on secondary and semi-structured interviews undertaken by the author. Findings – Regional governance arrangements evolved in an ad hoc manner due to the government's focus on the establishment of elected regional assemblies. In this policy vacuum existing regional institutions succeeded in establishing effective working relationships. However, with an increasing focus on cities as the engines of regional growth and the pressures to devolve responsibilities to local government the existing institutional policy framework has increasingly been challenges. Research limitations/implications – The paper critically examines different policy choices for reforming regional governance. Practical implications – Drawing on research and consultancy studies undertaken by the author for the English Regions Network, individual Regional Assemblies, the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, the Cabinet Office and the Economic and Social Research Council, the paper explores issues of policy development and implementation at the regional level. Originality/value – The paper presents a comprehensive overarching analysis in a complex field of territorial public policy.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Devolution, England, Governance, Local government, Partnership, Regional development.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:
Record Created:08 Mar 2010 14:05
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 12:06

Social bookmarking: del.icio.usConnoteaBibSonomyCiteULikeFacebookTwitterExport: EndNote, Zotero | BibTex
Look up in GoogleScholar | Find in a UK Library