Building consensus for network power? Some reflections on strategic spatial planning in the North West region of England

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This case study of collaborative regional spatial planning in the North West region of England seeks to understand if ‘network power’ provides a sufficient incentive for the politically stronger and institutionally established players (particularly local government) to adopt a more flexible approach to consensus building. An observed failure in this respect, due to the overwhelming strength of the parochial interests of local government under network governance, leads to a suggestion to incentivise greater collaboration and consensus building at the strategic level through what has been termed ‘meta-governed citizen power’.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-926
Number of pages26
JournalEnvironment & Planning C: Government & Policy
Issue number5
Early online date9 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

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