Territorial Policy Communities and Devolution in the UK



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.

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.

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

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

Publication date31/03/2009
Date accepted by journal21/11/2008
PublisherCambridge University Press

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Professor Paul Cairney

Professor Paul Cairney

Professor, Politics