Building regional governance in England:The view from Whitehall


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.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Accounting
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Decentralisation,Devolution,English regions,Multi-level governance,Whitehall,Sociology and Political Science,Public Administration
Publication ISSN: 1470-8442
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 08:06
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2019 11:34
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2005-10-01
Authors: Ayres, Sarah
Pearce, Graham



Version: Accepted Version

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