1st Edition

The Future of Local Economic Development

Edited By Ines Newman Copyright 2010
    120 Pages
    by Routledge

    114 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


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