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Governing EnglandEnglish Identity and Institutions in a Changing United Kingdom$
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Michael Kenny, Iain McLean, and Akash Paun

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266465

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266465.001.0001

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Territory and Power in England: The Political Economy of Manchester and Beyond

Territory and Power in England: The Political Economy of Manchester and Beyond

(p.189) 9 Territory and Power in England: The Political Economy of Manchester and Beyond
Governing England

Mick Moran

John Tomaney

Karel Williams

British Academy

Bulpitt’s conception of a ‘dual polity’ is updated in this chapter to make sense of modern changes in central–local relations, notably the spate of ‘devolution’ deals, including for the Greater Manchester city region. ‘Devo Manc’ is the product of a deal between symbiotically entwined elites in Whitehall and Manchester City Council, both dominated by systems of ‘coterie politics’. But this attempt to recreate a new, settled duality is riddled with contradictions and is therefore chronically unstable. The problems arise from the different ambitions of key groups: the economic interests that have captured the process of economic change in the city; the institutional interests that divide key actors within the Manchester system; and the strategic interests of a central state that is desperate to offload the painful decisions created by austerity politics.

Keywords:   dual polity, elites, coterie politics, austerity, economic change

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