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Civil society and the governance of city region economic development

Beel, David, Jones, Martin and Jones, Ian Rees ORCID: 2022. Civil society and the governance of city region economic development. Chaney, Paul ORCID: and Jones, Ian Rees, eds. Civil Society in an Age of Uncertainty Institutions, Governance and Existential Challenges, Bristol University Press, pp. 33-53. (10.51952/9781447353447.ch003)

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This chapter addresses the (re-)positioning of civil society within new structures of city region governance. Based on stakeholder mapping and semi-structured interviews with key actors operating across each city region, the chapter illustrates how this has created several significant tensions as well as opportunities for civil society actors. The chapter draws from four UK case study city regions and specifically looks at the ways city and devolution deals have impacted upon the positioning of civil society actors. Chapter 3 provides new insights into how civil society organisations have been seeking to respond to this overtly economic focus around the development of city regions that, to a certain extent, leaves such actors on the outside looking in. Beel et al’s new analysis shows how the institutional mechanisms associated with city regions are dominated by business interests and those that are already elected officials, thereby marginalising civil society. In this way the new governance arrangements are narrowing the interests of the local state towards more market-led interests and largely ignoring issues that are more community oriented and concerned with the social reproduction of the city region.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Bristol University Press
ISBN: 9781447353447
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2023 15:45

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