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Strategic connectivity, sustainable development and the new English regional governance

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul Benneworth


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This paper examines the institutional impacts of the new English regional sustainability framework and highlights the tension between the need for regional involvement and the central desire to control the debates and intentions of the regional actors. The paper argues that the regional sustainable development frameworks have been worth writing because they have had a strong demonstration effect: they have allowed regional chambers to become more proactive bodies independent of the regional development agencies (which chambers were created to scrutinize). They have also allowed pluralistic conceptions of sustainable regional development to develop in the English regions alongside the economistic perspectives of national policy makers.

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Author(s): Benneworth P, Conroy L, Roberts P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

Year: 2002

Volume: 45

Issue: 2

Pages: 199-217

ISSN (print): 0964-0568

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0559

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09640560220116305


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