Beyond public health, beyond spatial planning: Boundary-spanning policy regime of urban health in England

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Abstract

In this paper, we argue that to tackle complex issues such as urban health, there is a need of not only understanding the limitation of different policy sub-systems, but also the interplay of the ideas, interests, and institutional arrangements that underpin cross-boundary challenges. This paper unpacks the dynamics of policymaking between public health and spatial planning by adopting boundary spanning policy regime theory to trace the alignment and divergence of urban health issues across the two policy subsystems in England. Greater Manchester, heralded as an exemplar of collaborative governance in England, is used as a case study to test the strength of and tensions within the urban health policy regime.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-186
Number of pages21
JournalBuilt Environment
Volume49
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2023

Keywords

  • public health
  • spatial planning
  • boundary spanning
  • urban health
  • devolution
  • England

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Manchester Urban Institute
  • Policy@Manchester

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