Managing Complexity and Uncertainty in Regional Governance Networks: A Critical Analysis of State Rescaling in England

Sarah A Ayres, Ian M Stafford

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Abstract

Network management is viewed as a way of dealing with uncertainty in complex policy networks, but little is known about the types of network management strategies employed by regional actors to manage vertical and horizontal relations. Two central questions guide this paper. What network management strategies were employed to manage complexity and uncertainty in regional governance networks in England? How can past lessons be harnessed to inform future network strategies for managing territorial networks? The paper concludes that regional network management strategies were effective in securing ‘process’ outcomes, but that ‘content’ outcomes, in the form of genuine discretion over policy, were unattainable
without the authorization of central government.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-236
Number of pages18
JournalRegional Studies
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2014

Bibliographical note

Early online publication date: 31 May 2012

Structured keywords

  • PolicyBristol
  • governance

Keywords

  • Regions Decentralization England Complexity Network management strategies Network outcomes
  • network management strategies
  • territorial governance
  • inter-governmental relations

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