The economics behind the move to 'localism' in England

P. Hildreth, David Bailey

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    This paper explores the economic thinking behind the UK Coalition government's new framework for achieving local growth and the creation of Local Enterprise Partnerships in England. It does so in the light of recent debates about 'space-neutral' and 'place-based' policymaking. While the British government states its ambition to achieve greater spatial and industrial balance across England (and by implication the UK), we argue that so far at least there is a mismatch between the 'rhetoric' and 'policies' of local growth and its limitations. These relate to inconsistencies in the way that the different competing economic ideas in circulation within government have been adopted in practice. As a result, the paper highlights six key disconnects and limitations of the economics behind the move in England to local growth.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)233-249
    JournalCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    • LEPs
    • local growth
    • localism
    • new economic geography
    • regions
    • space-neutral vs place-based approaches


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