Regional Influences on Local Policies: The Case of the Welsh Effect

George A. Boyne*

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BOYNE G. A. (1992) Regional influences on local policies: the case of the Welsh effect, Reg. Studies 26, 569–580. The impact of regional location on spending by county councils in England and Wales is analysed. Two types of Welsh effect are distinguished: an additive effect which consists of higher spending; and a mediative effect which consists of different responses by Welsh and English counties to similar external constraints. These effects are tested while controlling for the influence of service needs, tax base, central grants and local party politics. The results indicate that there is no independent Welsh effect, either additive or mediative. General conclusions are drawn on the role of regional variables in models of local policy variation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-580
Number of pages12
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992


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