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Urban Planning and Public Health Beyond Public Health, Beyond Spatial Planning Boundary-Spanning Policy Regime of Urban Health in England

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In this paper we argue that to tackle complex issues such as urban health, there is a need not only of understanding the limitation of diff erent policy subsystems, but also of 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.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2023

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