Building regional governance in England: The view from Whitehall

Sarah Ayres*, Graham Pearce

*Corresponding author for this work

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Constitutional arrangements in parts of the UK have been transformed by political devolution. In England, however, reliance has been placed on strengthening the regional tier through administrative clecentralisation. Drawing on the views of Whitehall civil servants, this article explores how central-regional relations are being recalibrated and how government is building a regional perspective into its activities. We conclude that, in the absence of regional govern ment,Whitehall is pursuing a cautious approach to regional working and greater attention needs to be given to incorporating regional priorities in national spending programmes and developing a more coherent approach to regional strategy making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-600
Number of pages20
JournalPolicy and Politics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2005

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  • Decentralisation
  • Devolution
  • English regions
  • Multi-level governance
  • Whitehall


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