Business privilege and the strategic planning agenda of the Greater London Authority

Andy Thornley*, Yvonne Rydin, Karen West, Kath Scanlon

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The establishment of the Greater London Authority (GLA) in 2000 brought a new form of politics to London and new powers to formulate strategic policy. Through an investigation of the access of business interests in the formulation of London's strategic agenda, this article illuminates one aspect of the pressures on city government. It uses the urban regime approach as a framework for analysing the co-operation between the Mayor and business interests in shaping strategic priorities. Although there was a surrounding rhetoric that pointed towards a greater consensus-seeking approach, the business sector was very active in maintaining its privileged access. Strategic priorities were established in the GLA's first year and were then subsequently embodied in the London Plan. Our analysis is based on a detailed examination of this agenda-setting period using material from meetings, written reports and interviews with key actors. © 2005 The Editors of Urban Studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1947-1968
Number of pages22
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005


  • Greater London Authority
  • establishment


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