Cities and their hinterlands 10 years on: Local and regional governance still under debate

GORE, Tony (2018). Cities and their hinterlands 10 years on: Local and regional governance still under debate. People, Place and Policy Online, 11 (3), 150-164.

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This paper reviews changes over the last 10 years in the governance arrangements and processes involved in sub-national economic development and cross-boundary collaboration. It begins with a summary of the institutional changes in the main countries of the UK, in the dual context of fiscal retrenchment and neo-liberal deregulation. The picture that emerges is one of a confused patchwork in England; incremental modifications in Scotland; and embryonic developments in Wales. This is then contrasted with a range of experiences in other countries, involving wholesale recentralisation and a sidelining of local and regional institutions at one end of the spectrum, to resistance to restructuring through repurposing, increased mutual collaboration and improved management at the other. However, enhanced economic links and benefits do not automatically flow from any particular form of rescaled governance arrangements. As our original article found, the key ingredients are robust and inclusive political and decision-making processes, a suite of appropriate policy instruments and deployment of sufficient resources to ensure that they have an effect. The paper also concludes that a more comprehensive theoretical framework is needed to advance understanding of what lies behind different forms of state governance rescaling, and what makes a given instance more (or less) effective than another.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1605 Policy and Administration; 1608 Sociology; 1801 Law
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Page Range: 150-164
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
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Date Deposited: 13 May 2021 15:54
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