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Rolling back the frontiers of the state: civil service reorganization and relocation in Britain

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Neill Marshall, Dr Neil Alderman


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Urban and regional studies of service location concentrate on private business and financial services. In contrast, this paper uses the example of the central government civil service in Britain to develop understanding of the spatial dynamics of public services. The paper shows how the location of civil service employment has been influenced by changes in government policy over the last thirty years. It also indicates the way in which the over-concentration of the private sector in London and the South East, throughout the period, has encouraged the decentralization of the civil service from the capital to a variety of provincial locations.

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Author(s): Marshall JN, Alderman

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Growth and Change

Year: 1991

Volume: 22

Issue: 4

Pages: 51-74

Print publication date: 01/01/1991

ISSN (print): 0017-4815

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2257


DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2257.1991.tb00562.x


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