ERIC Number: EJ723838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
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Inter-Institutional Relations in the Governance of England's National Parks: A Governmentality Perspective
Journal of Rural Studies, v21 n3 p323-334 Jul 2005
Using Foucault's governmentality approach this paper analyses recent developments in power relations between different levels of government. Taking as its empirical focus the relationship between England's National Park Authorities (NPAs) and the UK government, the paper argues that there are two competing imperatives at work in the governance of England's national parks: a political imperative to devolve competencies to the regional level to allow for policy differentiation and an administrative imperative to manage and control the public policy process to ensure the achievement of national policy objectives in rural areas. Both imperatives shape the conduct of individual NPAs but to date the managerial tendencies of central government have been more influential in the changing governance of England's national parks.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Rural Areas, Parks, Public Agencies, Interaction, Governance, Political Issues
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)