Leadership and Systems of Governance: The Constraints on the Scope for Leadership of Place-Based Development in Sub-National Territories

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External organisations

  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Institute for Public Policy and Governance
  • Leeds Beckett University


A triadic conceptualization of leadership, governance systems and central-local relations is constructed in order to aid understandings about the influence of systems of governance on the scope for place-based leadership. Deploying the dual concepts of ‘permissibility’ and ‘acceptability’ provides an innovative analytical device for deciphering the actually existing nature of place-based leadership. Recently initiated public-private-partnerships in one of the OECD’s most centralized countries are analysed to articulate characteristics of controlling mechanisms of the national system of governance which shape the degree of autonomy of leadership of city and regional development in sub-national terrains.


Original languageEnglish
JournalRegional Studies
Early online date27 Jun 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Jun 2016


  • Leadership, City and regional development, Governance, scale, Sub-national

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