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Local Authorities & Regional Policy In UK
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Local Authorities & Regional Policy In UK
Attitudes, Representations and the Local Economy



May 1995 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Based on a unique information source, which itself contains unpublished and inaccessible research information, this book is able to focus on so-far unexplored areas of spatial economic policy. The author provides an up-to-date review of the condition of regional policy in Britain, assesses aspects of the role of local authorities, particularly in terms of resource use and investigates the ways that local authorities and other local agencies represent their economies to the outside world.
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: SETTING THE CONTEXT
 
Issues and Debates in Spatial Economic Policy
 
Components and Themes in Spatial Economic Policy
 
The 1992 Review - Motives and Criteria
 
Concluding Comments
 
Submissions Analysis
Local Authority Engagement, Attitude and Representation

 
 
Exploring the Submissions
 
Representations of Local Economic Problems
 
The Background to the Review Response
 
Conclusion
Reaction (Engagement) - Attitude - Representation

 
 
Building an Analysis from Responses to the Review
 
Submissions Analysis - What It Can and Cannot Tell Us
 
Methods of Approach
 
The Limitations
 
Concluding Comments
 
PART TWO: DOCUMENTING AND EXPLAINING THE LOCAL AUTHORITY RESPONSES
 
Engaging with the 1992/1993 Assisted Areas Review
Who, How, and Why Does It Matter?

 
 
‘Nailing Your Colours to the Mast’
 
Whose Submission? The Incidence of Liaison and the Coalition Factor
 
The Nature and Style of the Submissions
 
Towards an Understanding
 
Conclusion
 
Understanding and Interpreting the Responses
Beyond a Quantitative Analysis

 
 
Opting In - The Formation of Policy Positions
 
Getting on the Map
 
PART THREE: LOCAL AUTHORITY SENSITIVITIES: LOCAL AUTHORITY ATTITUDES TO REGIONAL INDUSTRIAL POLICY
 
Local Authorities and Regional Policy
 
The Importance of Local Authority Attitudes
 
Some Expectations
 
Local Authority Attitudes
 
Understanding the Attitudes
 
Recasting Regional Policy
 
Concluding Comments
 
Southern Attitudes to Regional Policy
Perceived Self-Image and Economic Problems

 
 
London and The South East - Who Submitted?
 
The ‘Southern’ View of Regional Policy
 
Concluding Comments
 
PART FOUR: REPRESENTATIONS OF THE LOCAL ECONOMY
 
Representations of Unemployment
 
The Importance of Local Labour Market Representation
 
Local Unemployment Issues
 
Deploying the Unemployment Factor
 
Aspects of the Representations
 
Beyond a Basic Representation
 
Prognosis on the Representations
 
Conclusions
 
Representations of Peripherality
A Clear-Cut Issue?

 
 
Assessing Representations of Peripherality
 
Who Used The Peripherality Factor?
 
How Was Peripherality Used?
 
Summary of Issues and Implications
 
Concluding Comments
 
Local Authorities and the Process of Policy Change: The Outcome And Local Reactions
 
A Summary of Key Findings
 
Reflections on the Policy Process
 
Conclusions

`A most useful and significant study of a period of local development history which will be of considerable use to other researchers as well as students’ - Urban Studies

`Brings together ideas and arguments from economics, geography, politics and local government studies and sets them in a context of spatial economic policy’ - Planning Week

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