Deal Making in Whitehall: competing and complementary motivations behind the Review of Sub-national Economic Development and Regeneration'

S Ayres, IM Stafford

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Abstract

Purpose - The aim of this article is to explore Whitehall motivations underpinning the Sub-national Review of Economic Development and Regeneration. Design/methodology/approach - It is based on interviews conducted with senior Whitehall officials involved in regional working. Findings - The Sub-National Review seeks to streamline regional structures and provide regions with enhanced autonomy. However, findings indicate that there are distinct differences of opinion across Whitehall departments regarding the future trajectory of English regionalism and what powers and functions regional bodies should acquire. These contradictory positions raise questions about the implementation and effectiveness of the proposals. Originality/value - An examination of these phenomena is intended to provide greater clarity regarding the opportunities and constraints presented by the latest phase of regional restructuring.
Translated title of the contributionDeal Making in Whitehall: competing and complementary motivations behind the Review of Sub-national Economic Development and Regeneration'
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605 - 622
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Public Sector Management
Volume22
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Structured keywords

  • PolicyBristol
  • Governance
  • Whitehall
  • Decentralisation
  • Inter-governmental relations
  • Informal govrenance

Keywords

  • English regionalism
  • Whitehall
  • Sub-national Review
  • Informal governance

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