Regional governance in England: A changing role for the Government's Regional Offices?

Graham Pearce, John Mawson, Sarah A Ayres

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Abstract

Political devolution has transformed constitutional arrangements in the Celtic nations. By contrast, in the English regions a less radical approach has been adopted, but the outcome has been a strengthening of the institutions of regional governance. A key feature has been the enhanced responsibilities of the Government’s Offices for the Regions, which have been encouraged to build on their traditional administrative functions and adopt a more strategic role. This article explores the Offices’ contribution to regional and local governance. Our central argument is that although increasingly expected to act as a bridgehead between national and sub-national government and a focus for regional policy coordination, their potential role in filling the missing gap in English regional governance has not yet been fully grasped.
Translated title of the contributionRegional governance in England: A changing role for the Government's Regional Offices?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443 - 463
Number of pages21
JournalPublic Administration
Volume86
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

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Publisher: WileyBlackwell

Structured keywords

  • PolicyBristol
  • Governance
  • Government Regional Offices
  • Whitehall
  • Decentralisation
  • Inter-governmental relations

Keywords

  • Government Regional Offices
  • English regions
  • Whitehall
  • Decentralisation
  • Governance

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