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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Postscript: the Stoke road to Brexit

Martin Jones


This chapter offers a Brexit postscript to the book. It is not difficult to see why Stoke-on-Trent (abbreviated to Stoke)—a polycentric federation of the six towns has been dubbed by the media as the ‘Brexit Capital’—is the archetypal heartland of the ‘left behind people and places’. Stoke is an isomorphic space of dsyfunctionalism—a textbook study of system, economic and political failure. The chapter tells the story of Stoke’s rise and fall, probing on the links between state intervention, economic policy, parliamentary democracy, and their failures. Attention is particularly focused on the various rounds of industrial restructuring-induced economic development over the past 40 years. The chapter concludes with key principles of subnational economic and social development with a new British growth model.

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