The New Governance of the English Regions

Authors: Sandford, M.

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English regions appeared to have been killed off by the massive 'no' vote in the referendum in the North East on 4 November 2004. By contrast, this book analyzes the many institutions and networks established at the English regional tier since 1997. It argues that a new form of governance is developing in the English regions, characterized by processes rather than specific policy concerns: strategic co-ordination, scrutiny, and civic engagement.

About the authors

MARK SANDFORD is a Research Fellow at the Constitution Unit at University College, London, UK. He has led a number of projects analyzing the Labour Government's proposals for elected regional assemblies in England, and has also written several articles and book chapters on regional identity, processes of scrutiny, and strategic government.

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'Mark Sandford has written the first book-length study of the new governing institutions that have been quietly spreading through the English regions. Despite the defeat of the proposal for an elected North-East Assembly, these institutions will continue to grow and affect the lives of everyone who lives in the regions of England. It is time they got to know their new masters.' - Iain McLean, Professor of Politics, Oxford University, UK

'An excellent account of the dense networks which comprise England's growing system of regional governance. Mark Sandford expertly guides us through the new structures, drawing on five years' accumulated research, and makes an important contribution to the literature.' - Professor Robert Hazell, Director, The Constitution Unit, University College London, UK

'This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. It succeeds both in confirming the importance of the new structures of regional governance in England and in questioning the extent to which the dominant focus of political debate on the creation of elected assemblies has helped to mask the significance of the new politics that are emerging in practice.' - Allan Cochrane, Local Government Studies

'...Sandford's presentation of the evidence is both fair and free from bias...This book will be of interest to academics and practitioners, at all governance levels, with an interest in territorial politics'. - Sarah Ayres, Public Administration


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • The Death and Life of English Regions

    Sandford, Mark

    Pages 1-12

  • The Roots of the English Regions

    Sandford, Mark

    Pages 13-36

  • Institutional Developments in the English Regions

    Sandford, Mark

    Pages 37-68

  • The Rise of Governance in the English Regions

    Sandford, Mark

    Pages 69-93

  • New Labour and Regionalisation: Chalk and Cheese or Slow New Dawn?

    Sandford, Mark

    Pages 94-120

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The New Governance of the English Regions
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-51322-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230513228
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-9282-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-54376-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 281
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