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Civil service reorganisation and Urban and regional development in Britain

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Neill Marshall


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This article examines the geographical impact of the rationalisation and reorganisation of the British civil service. The central government civil service plays an important role in the economic geography of Britain. The widespread distribution of the civil service has traditionally acted as a geographical counterweight to the spatial concentration of the private sector in the South and East of the country. The contraction of the civil service during the last two decades has been concentrated in a small number of urban centres. The division of the civil service into agencies, the extension of contracting out and private sector involvement is fragmenting the service. This means the civil service acts as less of a counter-balance to the spatial concentration of private sector activities in the South and East of the country.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Marshall JN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Service Industries Journal

Year: 1996

Volume: 16

Issue: 3

Pages: 347-367

Print publication date: 01/01/1996

ISSN (print): 0264-2069

ISSN (electronic): 1743-9507