In stark contrast to what has been happening in the rest of Europe in recent years, where most comparable states have been strengthening their regional institutional structures (Marks et al, 2008), the Coalition Government maintains that decision-making in such areas as economic development, housing, planning and transport at the regional level in England, beyond London, is unnecessary and lacks legitimacy. It has also tapped into the ‘localist agenda’ to assert that the current regional institutional architecture represents a wasteful and unaccountable tier of bureaucracy dealing with issues that would be better handled at a local level. Moreover, the Government has been able to draw on evidence which shows that, despite Labour’s commitment to reduce regional economic inequalities, especially through the activities of Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), the North of England still performs very badly compared to the Greater South East.
|Title of host publication||New Local Enterprise Partnerships: An initial assessment|
|Publisher||House of Commons: London|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Dec 2010|