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 11: Developing inclusive growth

Martin Jones


This chapter looks at the links between devolution and inclusive growth by suggesting a need to bring third and voluntary sector organisations into processes of devolution and city region building. Based on a study of the Greater Manchester Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Devolution Reference Group it discusses four key drivers that can position the sector as an appropriate interface through which a more inclusive economy might be delivered: one, the need for inclusive governance; two, addressing issues related to operational scales and modes of representation; three, probing on how inequality hinders growth; and fourthly, the need to harness the multifaceted thinking and social innovation of VCSE in order to deliver inclusive growth. In the context of ‘inclusive growth’, the chapter suggests the need for a stronger acknowledgement of civil society, alongside business and the public sector, in the devolution processes associated with the new new localism.

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