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Developing ‘place leadership’ when hierarchical accountability is omnipresent: the case of English sub-national government

Ferry, L.; Sandford, M.

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M. Sandford



Abstract

Purpose: The relationship between central and sub-national (local) government is contentious around distribution of power and control. There is a specific concern when a (local) place has power devolved, but centralised hierarchical accountability pervades. Design/methodology/approach: This paper addresses that concern by considering recent innovative developments around place-based accountability arrangements in England, through analysis of official reports and news media. Findings: The article illustrates aspirations towards accountability to the local electorate clash with hierarchical accountability that remains an omnipresent mechanism of central control. It is suggested, accountability forums be developed to blend hierarchy and the place leadership role of directly elected mayors. This could enable local accountability to the electorate, whilst taking account of the context of specific regional level complexities. Originality/value: This is one of the first papers to consider issues of place leadership and place based accountability within the framework of hierarchical accountability for central and local government relations.

Citation

Ferry, L., & Sandford, M. (2022). Developing ‘place leadership’ when hierarchical accountability is omnipresent: the case of English sub-national government. Journal of Public Budgeting Accounting and Financial Management, 34(4), 557-565. https://doi.org/10.1108/jpbafm-06-2021-0094

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2021
Online Publication Date Sep 21, 2021
Publication Date Jul 11, 2022
Deposit Date Sep 1, 2021
Publicly Available Date Sep 3, 2021
Journal Journal of public budgeting, accounting & financial management
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 4
Pages 557-565
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/jpbafm-06-2021-0094
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1241808

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