1st Edition

The Future of Local Economic Development

ISBN 9780415851145
Published October 30, 2013 by Routledge
120 Pages

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Book Description

This book looks at the future role of local economic development. Once New Labour came to power in 1997, they sought a third way between the new right agenda of Thatcherism with its attempts to reduce the role of the local state and foster a free market and the left’s attempts to take more control over the local economy in the interest of workers. In July 2007, Gordon Brown’s government published the 'Review of Sub-national Economic Development and Regeneration'.

This book argues that competitiveness and neo-liberalism, or increased market domination over an ever wider range of social relations, have in reality dominated New Labour’s policies. Yet a number of contradictions remain as New Labour continues to seek a reduction in poverty and regional and local disparities. The book analyses the changes that will result from further market domination under the Sub-national Review but also the opportunities that will arise for local economic development agents, particularly those with a concern for social justice. It looks specifically at regional and sub-regional strategy making; partnership, networking and building institutional capacity; local labour market policy and policy towards cities. An additional feature of the book is that several authors draw on international comparisons.

This book was published as a special issue of Local Economy.

Table of Contents

Preface: Local Economic Development in the Credit Crunch  Ines Newman  VIEWPOINT  1. Regions, Economies and Planning in England after the Sub-national Review  Tim Marshall  2. The Future of Economic Development after the Sub-national Review  Greg Clark  FEATURES  3. Introduction: The Future of Local Economic Development  Ines Newman  4. Labouring and Learning towards Competitiveness: The Future of Local Labour Markets after Harker, Leitch and Freud  Alex Nunn and Steve Johnson  5. The Soft Spaces of Local Economic Development  Graham Haughton and Phil Allmendinger  6. A New Policy for Britain’s Cities: Choices, Challenges, Contradictions  Ivan Turok  7. Reflexive Local and Regional Economic Development and International Policy Transfer  Graham Haughton and Rachel Naylor  IN PERSPECTIVE  8. Reflections of a Torontonian in Sheffield  Ian Bromley  9. Sub-regional Economic Development – Consolidation and Culture  John Berry  10. Building an Economic Development and Regeneration Future for Lincolnshire County Council  Ivan Annibal  11. A Personal View on How the Role of the RDA Regeneration Practitioner will Change as a Result of SNR  Tom Warburton

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Ines Newman is Principal Research Fellow at the Warwick Business School, United Kingdom.