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Regional Movements in Britain: A Review of Aims and Status


  • R J Bennett

    (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EN, England)


In this paper the activities of regional and nationalist movements in Britain are analysed with respect to five hypotheses: The degree and form of representation, including the role of elites; the extent of participation in regional identity; the form of existing and desired forms of decentralisation; the extent of specificness of regional issues; and the extent of central economic and political dominance. Seven major areas are analysed: Shetland, Orkney, Western Isles, Cornwall, Wessex, the North, and North Devon, with some analysis also of Scotland and Wales. The existence of a considerable level of participation in regional identity in some regions, and a remarkable degree of success, by working through existing institutions, of movements in Shetland, Orkney, and North Devon will be demonstrated. For other regions, however, participation is ‘dormant’.

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  • R J Bennett, 1985. "Regional Movements in Britain: A Review of Aims and Status," Environment and Planning C, , vol. 3(1), pages 75-96, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:envirc:v:3:y:1985:i:1:p:75-96

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