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Organising intergovernmental relations: insights from cultural theory

Entwistle, Thomas Walter 2010. Organising intergovernmental relations: insights from cultural theory. Environment and Planning C, Government and Policy 28 (4) , pp. 630-645. 10.1068/c09106

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That England has a hierarchical relationship between central and local government is a staple of postwar constitutional commentary. By using cultural theory’s five modes of organisation—namely, hierarchies, markets, networks, autonomism, and fatalism—to analyse 109 interviews conducted with politicians and managers in nine local authorities I question the adequacy of this characterisation. While many of those interviewed did indeed describe the operation of a very hierarchical system, others pointed to the excesses of network and market forms of organisation. Others, still, seemed to think that local authorities enjoyed altogether too much autonomy in certain areas.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Publisher: Pion
ISSN: 0263-774X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:19

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