English regionalism: Rhetoric or substance?

Evaluating decision making procedures for Regional Funding Allocations

In the absence of political devolution in England, the Government is committed to extending the responsibilities of the regional tier in delivering public policies. The Government's Regional Funding Advice (PDF, 1.2Mb) aims to promote greater sub-national discretion and coordination and reflects the expectation that regional institutions will play an increasingly significant role in determining their region's priorities.

The aim of this project is to evaluate the quality and rigour of regional decision making procedures for RFAs in all English regions. It will tell us precisely how the different resource capacities and objectives of regional stakeholders are being managed in efforts to achieve integration between (i) economic development, (ii) housing and (iii) transport policies and the extent to which regional policy making is underpinned by robust, inclusive and evidence based procedures.

ESRC project code: RES-061-23-0033

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