Cities and Regions in Crisis
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Cities and Regions in Crisis

The Political Economy of Sub-National Economic Development

Martin Jones

This book offers a new geographical political economy approach to our understanding of regional and local economic development in Western Europe over the last twenty years. It suggests that governance failure is occurring at a variety of spatial scales and an ‘impedimenta state’ is emerging. This is derived from the state responding to state intervention and economic development that has become irrational, ambivalent and disoriented. The book blends theoretical approaches to crisis and contradiction theory with empirical examples from cities and regions.
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Chapter 8: Locality making

Martin Jones


This chapter develops a contextual framework to explore the ‘new new localism’ in Britain, where the reanimation of civil society is viewed as a means of stimulating localist economic development. It offers theoretical insights into the rhetoric of decentralist discourses and the geographical complexities and contradictions of local state remaking on the ground. The chapter suggests that there is considerable mileage in the notion of ‘locality’ to advance critical policy analysis and build political economy theory it urges a ‘return to locality’ to enlighten studies of economic and social development and offers three new readings of locality, which when taken together, constitute the basis for thinking about geography through the lens of new localities.

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