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Regional devolution and democratic renewal: Developing a radical approach to stakeholder involvement in the English regions

Lookup NU author(s): Lynne Humphrey


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In this paper we aim to assess critically the relationship between devolved government and democratic renewal through a focus on the potential for stakeholder involvement within elected regional assemblies. Drawing particularly upon evidence from North East England, we will consider how the creation of elected assemblies could reinvigorate democracy, given the constraints imposed (in regions such as the North East) by the unreformed and unrepresentative political terrain upon which any new assembly is likely to be superimposed. We conclude that existing arrangements and practices are a useful development but fall far short of the radical measures needed to overcome the exclusionary nature of traditional models of governance and government.

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Author(s): Humphrey L, Shaw K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning A

Year: 2004

Volume: 36

Issue: 12

Pages: 2183-2202

Print publication date: 01/12/2004

ISSN (print): 0308-518X

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3409


DOI: 10.1068/a37251


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