Rebalancing England: sub-national development (once again) at the crossroads

Pugalis, Lee and Townsend, Alan (2012) Rebalancing England: sub-national development (once again) at the crossroads. Urban Research & Practice, 5 (1). pp. 159-176. ISSN 1753-5069

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17535069.2012.656461

Abstract

Over the last two decades there has been continuous tinkering and wholesale review of the remit, governance and territorial focus of sub-national development in England. There has also been mounting agreement that subsidiarity will produce optimum material outcomes. It is against this background that we provide a critical reading of the UK Coalition government’s 2010 ‘White Paper’ on Local Growth. Revealing the peculiarities of an economic transition plan which dismantled a regional (strategic) framework, we explore the opportunities that cross-boundary Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) may provide. After abandoning regions, LEPs have been promoted as the only possible ‘replacements’ for Regional Development Agencies and, thus, a prime example of new ‘techniques of government’. We probe the potentials and pitfalls from the dash to establish new sub-national techniques of government, and crystallise some key implications that apply beyond the shores of England. Our key contention is that LEPs have designed-in just as many issues as they have designed-out.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sub-national development, economic governance, local enterprise partnerships, regional development agencies
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
L200 Politics
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Lee Pugalis
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2012 11:20
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:14
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5922

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