Devolution, decentralization and dispersal: asserting the spatiality of the public sector in Scotland

M. Greg Lloyd, Deborah Peel

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    Through a case study of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), a Non-Departmental Public Body in Scotland, this article considers the arguments associated with changes in public sector location in the UK in the wider context of devolution and decentralization. The policy issues of location and relocation are discussed in light of the wider government interest in modernization, spatial planning and regional development. The case study illustrates an active concern in Scotland with the decentralization of decision-making, and a move to community planning. Notwithstanding the perceived benefits of the government's policy objectives, however, the relocation process, in this instance, has proved to be difficult and protracted in practice, illustrating many of the tensions in a policy which seeks to deliver different and layered policy objectives.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)831-854
    Number of pages24
    JournalEuropean Planning Studies
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2006



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