Radical restructuring of 'arms-length' government bodies following the 2010 UK national election signalled a change in relations between government and the civil service. This was seen as a major shift in modes of governance from 'new public management' to a more politicised mode of 'new political governance'. This paper presents an analysis of the impacts of these shifts on the English Planning Inspectorate, an executive agency central to the land-use planning system. It identifies measures by ministers to increase control over the Inspectorate that represent a shift in governance culture and a shift in the planning system itself.
Hickman, H., & Boddy, M. (2020). ‘If independence goes, the planning system goes’: New Political Governance and the English Planning Inspectorate. Town Planning Review, 91(1), 21-45