A tale of one city: The Devo Manc deal and Its implications for English devolution

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Abstract

On 2 November 2014 George Osborne stood in the impressive great council chamber of Manchester town hall and, flanked by the ten leaders of Greater Manchester's local authorities, announced a devolution deal for the city-region. Greater Manchester would receive a significant package of powers over transport, housing, planning, skills, business support and welfare in exchange for creating new governance structures, including a directly elected mayor for the city-region. This article explores the background to the Devo Manc deal, arguing that it is the product of both a long history of local government collaboration in Greater Manchester and George Osborne's desire for a sweeping restructure of English governance. It traces how the key decisions were taken quickly and by a small number of key officials. The article also identifies some flaws in Devo Manc and considers whether it is an appropriate model for other city-regions in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-581
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Volume87
Issue number4
Early online date20 Jul 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2016

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