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 9: Devolution dynamics

Martin Jones


This chapter is concerned with the dynamics of new new localism and devolution. It follows the development of city regionalism through these different discourses and unfolding City Deals in Manchester and Sheffield, in the context of the Northern Powerhouse, questioning the effectiveness of this as a coordinating framework for local and regional economic development. Within a language of localism, devolution and austerity, the chapter looks at how civil society actors have sought to deal with city regional development approaches and the new governance structures. The chapter firstly considers how austerity has impacted on these processes. Secondly, by focusing on the positioning of civil society actors, it highlights how city regionalism and the Northern Powerhouse, more broadly, raise serious queries around developing notions of ‘inclusive growth’.

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