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‘If independence goes, the planning system goes’: New Political Governance and the English Planning Inspectorate

Hickman, Hannah; Boddy, Martin

Authors

Hannah Hickman Hannah.Hickman@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Planning Practice

Martin Boddy Martin.Boddy@uwe.ac.uk
PVC- Research and Enterprise



Abstract

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.

Citation

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. https://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2020.2

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 24, 2019
Publication Date Jan 1, 2020
Deposit Date Sep 25, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 26, 2019
Journal Town Planning Review
Print ISSN 0041-0020
Electronic ISSN 1478-341X
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 91
Issue 1
Pages 21-45
DOI https://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2020.2
Keywords Planning Reform, Governance, Arms-Length Bodies, Planning Inspectorate, Ministers
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/3257667

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