Political geography as public policy? 'Placeshaping' as a mode of local government reform

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Grant, Bligh and Dollery, Brian. 2011. "Political geography as public policy? 'Placeshaping' as a mode of local government reform." Ethics, Policy and Environment. 14 (2), pp. 193-209. https://doi.org/10.1080/21550085.2011.578381
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Political geography as public policy? 'Placeshaping' as a mode of local government reform

ERA Journal ID35264
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsGrant, Bligh (Author) and Dollery, Brian (Author)
Journal TitleEthics, Policy and Environment
Journal Citation14 (2), pp. 193-209
Number of Pages17
Year2011
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon. United Kingdom
ISSN1366-879X
2155-0085
2155-0093
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/21550085.2011.578381
Abstract

The release of the Final Report of the Lyons Inquiry into Local Government in England, entitled Place-shaping: A shared ambition for the future of local government (Lyons Inquiry into Local Government) was a significant milestone in the debate on local government reform. Place-shaping is a sophisticated piece of rhetoric and policy making and can be seen to have relevance far beyond its own jurisdiction. This paper traces its theoretical antecedents alongside developments in the debate on local government in England. Despite its broad appeal, we argue that problems familiar to local government such as rent-seeking and cost shifting will be heightened rather than resolved with any take-up of the place-shaping agenda.

Keywordslocal government reform; Lyons inquiry; England
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440803. Comparative government and politics
440811. Political theory and political philosophy
440708. Public administration
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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