Building regional governance in England:The view from Whitehall

Abstract

Constitutional arrangements in parts of the UK have been transformed by political devolution. In England, however, reliance has been placed on strengthening the regional tier through administrative clecentralisation. Drawing on the views of Whitehall civil servants, this article explores how central-regional relations are being recalibrated and how government is building a regional perspective into its activities. We conclude that, in the absence of regional govern ment,Whitehall is pursuing a cautious approach to regional working and greater attention needs to be given to incorporating regional priorities in national spending programmes and developing a more coherent approach to regional strategy making.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/030557305774329154
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Accounting
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is the author accepted manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Ingenta at http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/pap/2005/00000033/00000004/art00002
Uncontrolled Keywords: Decentralisation,Devolution,English regions,Multi-level governance,Whitehall,Sociology and Political Science,Public Administration
Publication ISSN: 1470-8442
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2005-10-01
Authors: Ayres, Sarah
Pearce, Graham

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