Prescriptions for regional economic dilemmas : understanding the role of think tanks in the governance of regional policy

WELLS, Peter (2012). Prescriptions for regional economic dilemmas : understanding the role of think tanks in the governance of regional policy. Public Administration, 90 (1), 211-229.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01958.x
Link to published version:: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01958.x

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to contribute to the understanding of the role of think tanks in the governance of regional policy. The paper critically reviews a series of reports by United Kingdom (UK) based think tanks, published between 2002 and 2008, a period of interest on the part of national government in the most appropriate configuration of subnational governance. Policy transfer and the role of ideas in regional policy provide the framework for analysis. The interpretation of the findings suggests that the think tanks considered are largely products of national policy debate and party politics in the United Kingdom, despite efforts to devolve power. This is surprising given debates about the influence of European Union regional funding on UK regional policy, seen as a prime example of multi-level governance.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01958.x
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2012 11:38
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2013 17:23
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4623

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