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Assessing the performance of the national park authorities: a case study of Northumberland National Park, England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Richard Austin, Professor Guy Garrod, Dr Nicola Thompson



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Although the legislation for the designation of national parks in England dates back to the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949, it was not until 1997 that free-standing and independent national park authorities were established to help manage these landscapes. In 2014-15, the 10 English national park authorities were allocated 44.6 pound million from the Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs to deliver their conservation and recreation purposes and their socio-economic duty. This paper discusses how the performance of the national park authorities has been assessed, using the Northumberland National Park Authority as a case study.

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Author(s): Austin R, Garrod G, Thompson N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Public Money & Management

Year: 2016

Volume: 36

Issue: 5

Pages: 325-332

Print publication date: 01/07/2016

Online publication date: 10/06/2016

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 29/07/2016

ISSN (print): 0954-0962

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9302

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2016.1194075


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