Governance in the English regions: the role of the Regional Development Agencies

G Pearce, S Ayres

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Abstract

In the absence of regional government, New Labour has pursued a process of administrative decentralisation in the English regions outside London, including the appointment of Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), charged with stimulating economic modernisation and assisting in reducing regional economic disparities. They have acquired a key position as strategic power-brokers situated between the agendas of Whitehall and the demands of sub-national interests. RDAs operate, however, within complex, competing structures, tied to meeting nationally determined targets and too little attention has been given to capturing their overall effectiveness. Refl ecting New Labour’s rejection of the need for a more even spread of economic activity between regions, RDAs also lack suffi cient resources to make a signifi cant impact on economic disparities. Treasury-led reforms could see the agencies taking responsibility for preparing single regional strategies, but there are contradictions between their remit to increase economic growth and deliver social and environmental objectives.
Translated title of the contributionGovernance in the English regions: the role of the Regional Development Agencies
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537
Number of pages557
JournalUrban Studies
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009

Structured keywords

  • PolicyBristol
  • Regional Development Agencies
  • Economic Development
  • English regions
  • decentralisation
  • governance

Keywords

  • Regional Development Agencies
  • Economic development
  • UK productivity
  • English regions
  • decentralisation
  • governance

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