The Political Economy of Sub-National Economic Development
Postscript: the Stoke road to Brexit
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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