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Facilitating spaces for place-based leadership in centralised governance systems: the case of Newcastle City Futures

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul Vallance, Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Professor Louise KemptonORCiD



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This paper explores how distributed and relational forms of place-based leadership can be facilitated in environments with constrained local governance capabilities. It is based on an in-depth case study of a university-hosted collaborative platform situated in a city/regional institutional landscape marked by limited local devolution and public sector austerity. The research contributes to a fuller understanding of place-based leadership by analysing how actors can mobilise interpretive and network forms of power outside formal governance structures to encourage long-term thinking and broker innovative cross-organisational projects. Equally, however, it highlights their continuing dependence on legitimating forms of local institutional and resource authority.

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Author(s): Vallance P, Tewdwr-Jones M, Kempton L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Regional Studies

Year: 2019

Volume: 53

Issue: 12

Pages: 1723-1733

Print publication date: 01/12/2020

Online publication date: 26/04/2019

Acceptance date: 16/03/2019

Date deposited: 25/03/2019

ISSN (print): 0034-3404

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0591

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2019.1598620


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