The Political Economy of Sub-National Economic Development
Chapter 8: Locality making
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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