The economics behind the move to 'localism' in England


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.

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Divisions: Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
Languages & Social Sciences > Aston Centre for Europe
Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Cambridge journal of regions, economy and society following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Hildreth, P., & Bailey, D. (2013). The economics behind the move to 'localism' in England. Cambridge journal of regions, economy and society, 6(2), 233-249 is available online at
Uncontrolled Keywords: local growth,localism,regions,LEPs,new economic georgraphy,space-neutral vs place-based approaches
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Published Date: 2013
Published Online Date: 2013-03-21
Authors: Hildreth, Paul
Bailey, David ( 0000-0002-1956-0556)



Version: Accepted Version

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