English regions disbanded: European funding and economic regeneration implications

Pugalis, Lee and Fisher, Ben (2011) English regions disbanded: European funding and economic regeneration implications. Local Economy, 26 (6/7). pp. 500-516. ISSN 0269-0942

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269094211418050

Abstract

The investiture of a UK Coalition Government in 2010 heralded the (ongoing) production of new sub-national geographies of governance in England. Of primary concern is the disbanding of the English regions, outside of London, which were New Labour’s preferred scale for ‘managing’ economic regeneration during the 2000s. In a bid to rollback the role of the state as part of their deficit reduction plan, the Coalition embarked on a political rescaling strategy resulting in various institutional reconfigurations. This rescaling of state power has significant policy implications in the context of European funding, which is the focus of this paper. By analysing a field of policy activity during a period of significant motion, the intent is to highlight some notable dilemmas, aided by posing some practical questions; in order to prompt some much needed policy discussion and academic deliberation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: governance, regional development, state rescaling, sub-national development
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
L200 Politics
L400 Social Policy
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Lee Pugalis
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2012 14:04
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:17
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5930

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