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Backlash in the London suburbs: the local/strategic tension in multi-level governance

Holman, Nancy and Thornley, Andy (2015) Backlash in the London suburbs: the local/strategic tension in multi-level governance. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 33 (3). pp. 496-511. ISSN 0263-774X

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Identification Number: 10.1068/c13135


In this article we explore the tensions in metropolitan level governance between strategic planning and desires for political decentralisation. We do this through a three-part analysis. First we focus on the 2008 election strategy of Boris Johnson to become Mayor of London, with its aim of gaining suburban votes and giving more autonomy to the local Borough level. We then look at the impacts of this campaign on electoral results and, finally, the outcome of the Outer London Commission, which was set up by the Mayor after the election to deal with strategic issues concerning London’s suburbs. We find that a strategic intent to benefit suburban residents and the decentralisation of power to the Boroughs, are contradictory and have led to a policy stalemate.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 11:31
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:01

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