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The polycentric state: new spaces of empowerment and engagement?

Morgan, Kevin John 2007. The polycentric state: new spaces of empowerment and engagement? Regional Studies 41 (9) , pp. 1237-1251. 10.1080/00343400701543363

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New Labour claims to have radically reformed territorial governance structures in the UK by devolving political power to the Celtic nations and London, begetting the most enduring legacy of the first Blair government. More recently it has sought to extend its devolution agenda by embracing city-regionalism and the new localism, ostensibly to create new spaces of empowerment and engagement. But devolution is not the whole story of New Labour’s attitude to power. On the contrary, this article argues that New Labour is a modern Janus because its commitment to devolving power, so clear in principle, is more equivocal in practice. Drawing on these three devolution narratives, the article concludes by assessing the implications for the current debate about relational versus territorial readings of place politics.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Territorial politics, devolution, city-regions, new localism
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 0034-3404
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:08

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