Bridging the Gap? The Role of Regional Governance in Delivering Effective Local Public Services: Evidence from England



Nurse, Alexander ORCID: 0000-0003-0325-4420
(2015) Bridging the Gap? The Role of Regional Governance in Delivering Effective Local Public Services: Evidence from England. Planning Practice and Research, 30 (1). pp. 69-82.

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Abstract

Between 2004 and 2010 local area agreements (LAAs) represented a key part of the New Labour Government's agenda for local government in England, which centred on increasing the level of involvement that local areas had in the issues affecting them. To deliver this agenda, New Labour deployed government offices for the regions (GOR) to negotiate with localities on behalf of central government. As part of a broader consideration of the role of regional governance structures in delivering local public services, this paper draws upon the results of a national survey of LAA practitioners in England, and findings from more detailed case study work, to consider the role of GOR in the LAA process. These findings examine the role GOR played in negotiating LAA targets and the extent to which these negotiations allowed local areas to respond to local issues and priorities. Then, by considering local enterprise partnerships and the recently established combined authorities, the paper will consider how localism policy under the Conservative–Liberal Democrat Coalition government, who came to power in 2010, has responded to the lessons of the LAA. In doing so, the paper seeks to fit into the wider discussion about how local public services can be delivered effectively and draw out the challenges faced by those trying to link local and central policy together.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: regionalism, local governance, city regions
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2015 10:41
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2022 01:05
DOI: 10.1080/02697459.2015.1008802
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/2029041