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The politics of partnership: urban regeneration in east Manchester

Evans, Brendan (2007) The politics of partnership: urban regeneration in east Manchester. Public Policy and Administration, 22 (2). pp. 201-215. ISSN 0952-0767

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    The prevailing discourse on local governance is that local authorities are subordinate both to central government and to a plethora of local partners. While Manchester City Council (MCC) remains subordinate to central government, its status enables it to exert influence over the urban domain within its boundaries and to act as an intermediate organization between its local partners and the core executive in Whitehall. This reflects the influence that MCC has been able to maintain over the process of urban regeneration within its territory despite the other structures involved, and the creation of the Urban Regeneration Company (URC) of New East Manchester (NEM). MCC may possess singular characteristics but its political style of `community leadership' need not be unique. While the local state has ceded some of its activities to other agencies in this time of multi-level governance it still enjoys a powerful overarching control that can be characterized as metagovernance.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: UoA 39 (Politics and International Studies) © 2007 SAGE Publications and PAC.
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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    Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2007
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