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Public sector relocation policies in the UK and Ireland

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Neill Marshall


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Public sector relocation from capital cities to reduce costs and ameliorate regional disparities has been a high profile but little researched government policy. The paper outlines the reasons for the growth of interest in public sector relocation in Europe, and then compares UK and Irish relocation policies. It argues there appears to be a good case for public sector relocation, but there is less agreement on the precise means whereby dispersal should be achieved. The paper highlights successful aspects of public sector relocation policies in the UK and Ireland and indicates areas for further research. Successful public sector dispersal depends on a willingness on the part of government to take a long-term view, and historical evidence suggests it is difficult to move senior posts from the capital.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Marshall JN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Planning Studies

Year: 2007

Volume: 15

Issue: 5

Pages: 645-666

ISSN (print): 0965-4313

ISSN (electronic): 1469-5944

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09654310701213939


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