Local Authorities & Regional Policy in UK: Attitudes, Representations and the Local Economy
By: R. M. Ball (author)Paperback
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Based on a unique information source, which itself contains unpublished and inaccessible research information, this book is able to focus on so-far unexplored areas of spatial economic policy. The author provides an up-to-date review of the condition of regional policy in Britain, assesses aspects of the role of local authorities, particularly in terms of resource use and investigates the ways that local authorities and other local agencies represent their economies to the outside world.
Introduction PART ONE: SETTING THE CONTEXT Issues and Debates in Spatial Economic Policy Components and Themes in Spatial Economic Policy The 1992 Review - Motives and Criteria Concluding Comments Submissions Analysis Local Authority Engagement, Attitude and Representation Exploring the Submissions Representations of Local Economic Problems The Background to the Review Response Conclusion Reaction (Engagement) - Attitude - Representation Building an Analysis from Responses to the Review Submissions Analysis - What It Can and Cannot Tell Us Methods of Approach The Limitations Concluding Comments PART TWO: DOCUMENTING AND EXPLAINING THE LOCAL AUTHORITY RESPONSES Engaging with the 1992/1993 Assisted Areas Review Who, How, and Why Does It Matter? 'Nailing Your Colours to the Mast' Whose Submission? The Incidence of Liaison and the Coalition Factor The Nature and Style of the Submissions Towards an Understanding Conclusion Understanding and Interpreting the Responses Beyond a Quantitative Analysis Opting In - The Formation of Policy Positions Getting on the Map PART THREE: LOCAL AUTHORITY SENSITIVITIES: LOCAL AUTHORITY ATTITUDES TO REGIONAL INDUSTRIAL POLICY Local Authorities and Regional Policy The Importance of Local Authority Attitudes Some Expectations Local Authority Attitudes Understanding the Attitudes Recasting Regional Policy Concluding Comments Southern Attitudes to Regional Policy Perceived Self-Image and Economic Problems London and The South East - Who Submitted? The 'Southern' View of Regional Policy Concluding Comments PART FOUR: REPRESENTATIONS OF THE LOCAL ECONOMY Representations of Unemployment The Importance of Local Labour Market Representation Local Unemployment Issues Deploying the Unemployment Factor Aspects of the Representations Beyond a Basic Representation Prognosis on the Representations Conclusions Representations of Peripherality A Clear-Cut Issue? Assessing Representations of Peripherality Who Used The Peripherality Factor? How Was Peripherality Used? Summary of Issues and Implications Concluding Comments Local Authorities and the Process of Policy Change: The Outcome And Local Reactions A Summary of Key Findings Reflections on the Policy Process Conclusions
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