Article

Territorial Policy Communities and Devolution in the UK

Citation

Keating M, Cairney P & Hepburn E (2009) Territorial Policy Communities and Devolution in the UK. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 2 (1), pp. 51-66. https://doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsn024

Abstract
Devolution in the UK forms part of a wider process of spatial rescaling across Europe. Little work has been done on its effect on interest articulation. The literature on policy communities treats them as sectoral in scope. We propose the concept of ‘territorial policy communities' to designate territorially bounded constellations of actors within and across policy sectors, emerging in response to the rescaling of government. Devolution may leave existing systems of interest articulation unchanged, leaving ‘regions without regionalism'; it may confine some groups within territorial boundaries while allowing others the freedom to choose' between levels of government; or it might promote a general territorialization of interest representation and the emergence of territorial policy communities. The UK's four models of devolution help test the effects of stronger and weaker forms of devolution on the territorialization of groups.

Keywords
devolution; UK policy; interests; Decentralization in government Great Britain Great Britain Politics and government Regionalism Great Britain

Journal
Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society: Volume 2, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date31/03/2009
Date accepted by journal21/11/2008
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/15879
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN1752-1378