Competitive City and Urban Policy : Modelling Discretionary Grant Allocation in the UK, 1994-1998
UKDA study number:4446
University of London. Birkbeck College. Department of Politics and Sociology
Economic and Social Research Council
UK Data Archive, University of Essex, Colchester.
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4446 . Competitive City and Urban Policy : Modelling Discretionary Grant Allocation in the UK, 1994-1998
Ward, H.D. , University of Essex. Department of Government
John, P. , University of London. Birkbeck College. Department of Politics and Sociology
Economic and Social Research Council
The aim of the research was to examine the relative contribution of need, bid-quality and political factors to the success of bids made to the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) programme in England between 1994 and 1997. 1196 bid documents were collected from archive and other sources. Each was subjected to content analysis to measure numerous aspects of bid quality, after suitable checks of the coding frame and inter-coder reliability. Each bid was given a score on a set of need variables ultimately derived from Census data. Finally each bid was given a score on a set of political variables, reflecting how important the area the bid came from was electorally, and the ability of local MPs to lobby on behalf of the bid. Tobit regression models were built to explain variation in this, depending on need, bid-quality and political factors.
The dataset contains information on 1196 bids - close to the universe of bids made over the four rounds of bidding studied. Four main groups of variables exist: measures of success/failure, derived from official records of the process; measures of bid quality, derived from the content analysis; measures of need, derived from census data; and measures of political factors relating to the bid. There are also case identifiers and some information on the local government units and electoral districts from which the bid was mounted.
Time Period Covered:
The documents cover financial year 1994/5 to financial year 1997/8.
Dates of Fieldwork:
The file was created in 1999
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Text units (documents/chapters/words)
Kind of Data:
Location of Units of Observation:
The unit of analysis is an individual bid. These were mounted by bidding groups which comprised some combination of local authorities, local business groups, voluntary sector groups and regional groupings of these entities. Bids were made between the financial years 1994/5 and 1997/8, and pertain to various locations in England.
Cross-sectional (one-time) study
bids included in the study cover the financial years from 1994/5 to 1997/8.
No sampling (total universe)
information on all bid documents that could be recovered was coded. Extensive efforts were made to obtain these from Government Offices of the Regions and from a national archive held at INLOGOV. Some bid documents were missing, but the number was small in relation to those used, certainly under 5%.
Method of Data Collection:
Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Original bid documents - each bid mounted to the SRB programme had to send a description of the bid to the Government Office of the Region within which the bid was located. These formed the primary documentation for the study. In principle, the bid documents are available from Government Offices of the Regions. There is a collection of the documents held at a national archive at the Institute of Local Government (INLOGOV), at the University of Birmingham.
Language(s) of Written Materials:
Study Description: English
Study Documentation: English
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Date of First Release:
12 December 2001
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4 January 2012