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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.

Abstract

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:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513550710818412
Record Created:08 Mar 2010 14:05
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 12:06

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