The impact of inner cities policy on the local policy making process : a study of the Nottingham Inner Area Programme.
Local Government has undergone ma.n;r changes in the past decade.
Not least of these is its changing relationship with the organisations
which lie outside its institutional boundaries. A particular focus
of interaction between the Local Authority and other agencies has been
Policy for the Inner Cities. This thesis examines the implementation
of an Inner Area Programmein Nottingham and the changes in local policy
making which have been associated with it.
It argues that the implementation of the Inner Area Programmehas
involved the development of closer relationships between statutory
and non-statutory seotors, which oontain some corporatist fea.tures.
Importantly, these changing relationships were identified not only
by institutional features, but also by values and ideas, thus
indicating an ideological dimension to corporatism.
Other aspeots of the UP, such as its strategio and main programme
components, and its requirements for momtoring and review, were not
developed, despite the 1nitial stress on them at national level. .
The Inner Area Programmewas implemented within an existing framewrk
of trends and patterns, some of which reinforced the oonsultation
emphasis' and interaction between sectors, while others mitigated the
strategio and planning aspects of the policy.
The inJeotion of the Inner Area Programmeinto the local policy makjng
system in Nottingham illustrated the complexity of interactions between
a national policy, local institutions and values, and underlying
'imperatives' to political action. Within this framework there was
soope for the organisational choices which determined the particular
fo:m of the Inner Area Programme in Nottingham.