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Inter-institutional relations in the governance of England's national parks: A governmentality perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nicola Thompson



Using Foucault's governmentality approach this paper analyses recent developments in power relations between different levels of government. Taking as its empirical focus the relationship between England's National Park Authorities (NPAs) and the UK government, the paper argues that there are two competing imperatives at work in the governance of England's national parks: a political imperative to devolve competencies to the regional level to allow for policy differentiation and an administrative imperative to manage and control the public policy process to ensure the achievement of national policy objectives in rural areas. Both imperatives shape the conduct of individual NPAs but to date the managerial tendencies of central government have been more influential in the changing governance of England's national parks. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Thompson N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Rural Studies

Year: 2005

Volume: 21

Issue: 3

Pages: 323-334

Print publication date: 01/07/2005

ISSN (print): 0743-0167

ISSN (electronic): 1873-1392

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2005.04.001


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