This title was first published in 2000. Since New Labour were elected in 1997, there have been substantial changes made to local and regional economic development policy in the UK. This volume offers an up-to-date overview, setting the new policies within a wider historic context and suggesting future developments. It examines four of these new policies in depth - Regional Development Agencies, New Deal local partnerships, Local Learning and Skills Councils, and the Small Business Service and Business link. In doing so, it offers a critical appraisal of how effective these changes have been in tackling issues such as developing human resources, skills and opportunities, developing land infrastructure and sites, capital formation and development, encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship and technological change and enhancing a supportive institutional context.
Table of Contents
Contents: Renegotiating local and regional economic development. Power Relations: Agents and power in the local and regional economy; Interpreting Labour’s local and regional economic policy objectives; The negotiation process. Case Studies: Regional development agencies; New deal; Local learning skills councils and the TECs; The small business service and business link initiative. Unfinished Revolution?: Power-relations under Labour; Unblocking change: a future agenda; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.
Robert J. Bennett, University of Cambridge, UK Diane Payne, University College Dublin, Ireland
’Not only does this thoroughly researched book provide an excellent survey of change in local and regional economic development policy under the Blair Government, it also enhances our understanding of the strengths and limits of the New Labour project.’ Wyn Grant, Professor of Politics, University of Warwick, UK ’This study is a frank and penetrating analysis of the determinants of successful endogenous economic growth. Its focus on the role of institutions - rather than on technological change - gives it an immediate relevance to public policy and in particular, offers a powerful interpretation of how the interface between government and business might be improved. Its up-to-date case studies of Regional Development Agencies, the New Deal and Local Learning and Skills Councils provide the framework for a sharp critique of Labour’s local and regional economic policy objectives and as we have come to expect from these authors - a crisp series of recommendations about the criteria that government needs to pursue if it is to improve the exchange process between the public and private actors in economic development. Its analysis makes a powerful case and it will prove illuminating reading for those in government, in quangos and in business, as well as for researchers.’ Professor Brian Robson, Manchester University, UK 'This is a forcefully written, well-researched text...there is much of merit in this text. It's findings are topical and highly relevant for those studying economic development policy under the New Labour regime...recommended to those with an interest in this field...The authors' assertive and provocative style of writing encourages the reader to engage with some of the key debates on economic governance and the Labour government's record, in a direct and active way...' Urban Studies ’The book is relevant for those working in the field of local and regional economic development, who are interested in analysing the importance of di