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How can subnational governments develop and deliver distinctive policy agendas?

Connell, Andrew ORCID:, St Denny, Emily and Martin, Steve ORCID: 2022. How can subnational governments develop and deliver distinctive policy agendas? International Review of Administrative Sciences 88 (4) , pp. 1159-1175. 10.1177/0020852321996429

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The ways in which subnational governments develop and deliver distinctive policies is central to our understanding of effective multi-level governance systems. The existing literature focuses on institutional autonomy and the formal powers given to subnational governments but this is only one side of the story. Success also depends on the way in which policy actors deploy their powers, resources and legitimacy. This article presents an empirical analysis of two contrasting attempts to develop distinctive policy frameworks at the subnational level. It demonstrates the importance of looking beyond formal institutional powers and paying attention to policymakers’ political skills and visibility, as well as the strategies and tactics that they employ in deploying formal powers. It highlights, in particular, the need for subnational governments to focus on those issues where they can make a difference and to exploit their nodality within policy networks to foster collaboration with state and non-state actors who bring complementary resources.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0020-8523
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 January 2021
Date of Acceptance: 20 January 2021
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 14:47

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