This book analyzes devolution as it affects the English Regions, working from the perspective of uneven development, and drawing on the rich tradition of regional geography. Currently, London is the power centre ruling over the other English regions. The first part of the book looks at how this regional structure has arisen, and the theories that can be used to analyze it. The contributors discuss the nature of regional problems and governance, the institutions involved in regional governance and regional approaches to economic development.
The second part of the book devotes a chapter to each English region, examining each region’s unique characteristics, and the opportunities created for it by devolution. By looking carefully at the regions, this part of the book sheds light on the question of whether Regional governance benefits the regions, or simply rescales governance to introduce another layer of bureaucracy.
Part I 1. The Rise of the English Regions: An Introduction Paul Benneworth, Irene Hardill, Mark Baker and Leslie Budd 2. Regions and Regional Identity Peter Roberts and Mark Baker 3. The ‘Rise’ of the Region: the English Context to the 81 Raging Academic Debates Paul Benneworth 4. The Limits to Devolution Andrew Wood, David Valler, Nick Phelps, Mike Raco and Pete Shirlow 5. Harnessing All a Region's Capacities: Inclusion Issues Irene Hardill, Mia Gray and Paul Benneworth Part II 6. Introduction Irene Hardill and Paul Benneworth 7. Where and What is the North East of England? Dave Byrne and Paul Benneworth 8. The North West: Cultural Coherence and Institutional Fragmentation Christopher Wilson and Mark Baker 9. Yorkshire and the Humber Tony Gore and Catherine Jones 10. The West Midlands: the 'Hinge' in the Middle Anne Green and Nigel Berkeley 11. The East Midlands: the Missing Middle Irene Hardill, Chris Bentley and Mike Cuthbert 12. TheEast of England: A Nebulous Region in Transition Mia Gray, Ron Martin and Peter Tyler 13. The South West Economy: Potential for Faster Economic Development Amer Hirmis 14.Looking for the South East Allan Cochrane 15. London: From City-State to City-Region? Leslie Budd 16. Conclusions Paul Benneworth, Irene Hardill, Peter Roberts, Mark Baker and Leslie Budd
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