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Managing complexity and uncertainty in regional governance networks: a critical analysis of state rescaling in England

Ayres, Sarah and Stafford, Ian 2012. Managing complexity and uncertainty in regional governance networks: a critical analysis of state rescaling in England. Regional Studies n/a 10.1080/00343404.2012.672727

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Abstract

Managing complexity and uncertainty in regional governance networks: a critical analysis of state rescaling in England, Regional Studies. Network management is viewed as a way of dealing with uncertainty in complex policy networks, but little is known about the types of network management strategies employed by regional actors to manage vertical and horizontal relations. Two central questions guide this paper. What network management strategies were employed to manage complexity and uncertainty in regional governance networks in England? How can past lessons be harnessed to inform future network strategies for managing territorial networks? The paper concludes that regional network management strategies were effective in securing ‘process’ outcomes, but that ‘content’ outcomes, in the form of genuine discretion over policy, were unattainable without the authorization of central government.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Uncontrolled Keywords: Regions; Decentralization; England; Complexity; Network management strategies; Network outcomes
Additional Information: Online publication date: 31 May 2012.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0034-3404
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:59
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/30426

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