Regional Responses to Recession: The Role of the West Midlands Regional Taskforce

D. Bailey, N. Berkeley

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Bailey D. and Berkeley N. Regional responses to recession: the role of the West Midlands Regional Taskforce, Regional Studies. Regional taskforces were set up across the English regions in late 2008 in response to the most severe recession since the Second World War. This paper examines the role of one such body, the West Midlands Regional Taskforce, as an example of regional response to recession, and offers potential lessons for the future in dealing with such situations. In so doing it reflects on the contested concept of regional ‘resilience’ and its relevance for policy actions at the regional level. Understanding how the region responded in this way could help in maintaining a ‘permanent capacity’ to deal with shocks, especially in the context of the abolition of regional development agencies (RDAs) in England from 2012 and their replacement with local enterprise partnerships (LEPs).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1797-1812
Number of pages16
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number11
Early online date14 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


  • English regions
  • Regional development agencies
  • Recession responses
  • Regional resilience
  • Local enterprise partnerships
  • Localism


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