The Rise of Governance in the English Regions
The plethora of initiatives, institutional reforms, joint-working, partnerships and advocacy activity described in the previous two chapters demonstrate that an increasing quantity of governmental activity is taking place at the regional tier. Governance activities are divided between many organisations and actors with a range of different statuses. There is no formal unified English regional government, but the collectivity of different activities and institutions adds up collectively to a tier of governance. The New Labour government, though equivocal in its attitudes to the regional tier, has been far more active there than any of its predecessors, establishing or expanding regional offices and plans and consulting with regional stakeholders. Stakeholders have become organised to an extent unrecognisable even from the mid-1990s (Garmise and Rees 1997).
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