Crispian Fuller

Crispian Fuller
Cardiff University | CU · School of Geography and Planning

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Publications (41)
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The period leading up to Brexit in the UK has led to foreign corporate subsidiaries having to mediate uncertainties and upheaval, forming part of broader regional resilience tendencies. The roles of subsidiaries, their corporate contexts, global production network positions and regional coupling are all heterogeneous, meaning that responses are lik...
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The impact of austerity on urban governance has become a key area of academic concern, but many studies tend to interpret the effect on individual urban state bodies through analysis of broader governance relations, whilst also framing austerity as an overarching and homogeneous set of ideas, values and practices. In response, this paper examines a...
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The corporation remains a critical agent in the production of geographically uneven development. Furthermore, time is critical to the practices and deliberations taking place within corporations, yet it has been underappreciated within prominent economic geographical analyses. This article argues for the examination of the ‘black box’ of the corpor...
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Market and institutional shocks and upheaval, brought about by political, economic and social changes, have the potential to generate significant corporate restructuring. Foreign subsidiaries are particularly vulnerable to such impacts given the embeddedness of parent companies in their home countries, with the potential for disinvestment and regio...
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The UK decision to exit the EU in 2016 has led to economic uncertainty. Foreign corporations with UK subsidiaries have sought to mediate these uncertainties while a final agreement is negotiated. Critical to this is the relationship between headquarter-subsidiary relations (HQs) and these subsidiaries. Discourse analysis has increasingly been used...
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We use speech act theory to study the U.K. state’s response to large-scale public disorder across English cities in August 2011. This historical case has practical implications for understanding how nation states address other crises—because we explain in detail how the discourse of powerful state actors restores order. Drawing on parliamentary deb...
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There is a general consensus that austerity is variegated in nature, but that a generic feature is the construction of discursive institutions framing the necessity for austerity and guiding actors. However, what is missing from accounts within political science and related disciplines is an appreciation of how these work through heterogeneous geog...
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Many austerity accounts focus on the shrinkage of city governments, with less emphasis on state-building responses. Utilising the Cultural Political Economy approach, this article examines the 'selection' of pro-growth 'economic imaginaries' that seek to mediate austerity. These issues are examined by way of a case study analysis of the city govern...
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The broad field of urban politics has made substantial progress in understanding the heterogeneous actors, practices, conditions and events that produce, co-constitute and work through the ‘urban’. This literature does however resort to a broad comprehension of ‘actors’, treating these as relatively homogeneous entities in the case of actual organi...
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This article presents further opportunities to develop the Global Production Network (GPN) approach by reopening the 'black box' of the multinational enterprise (MNE) through a structuration perspective. It emphasises three aspects to a renewed focus on the agency of MNEs, namely: the importance of the variety of relationships within MNEs between p...
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Austerity is an increasingly important feature of urban society in Western countries, both as a site interwoven with the crisis tendencies of capitalism and as spaces mitigating austerity programmes instigated by nation states. Cities have therefore become key spaces in the mediation of ‘austerity urbanism’, but where such processes involve deliber...
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Communities have increasingly been internalised as subjects with responsibilities in the delivery of urban policy and involvement in broader urban governance. A prominent example is the English New Deal for Communities (NDC) programme that ran between 2001 and 2012. Towards the end of government funding, NDCs were required to develop succession str...
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This paper seeks to provide a conceptual framework in which to examine the social practices of contemporary austerity programmes in urban areas, including how these relate to different conceptions of crisis. Of current theoretical interest is the apparent ease with which these austerity measures have been accepted by urban governing agents. In orde...
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In this article we argue for a process-centred use of the dynamic capabilities-based view of evolution in multinational enterprise (MNE) subsidiary capabilities. In particular, we consider changes in the scale, scope and specialisation of resources and capabilities at subsidiaries over time by drawing on Dodgshon’s (1998) study of change in empires...
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We combine Lefebvre and Speech Act Theory to analyse the state's response to large-scale public disorder across English cities in August 2011. Drawing on parliamentary debate, Select Committee testimony, and interviews with police officers, we extend Lefebvre's account by detailing how crisis can lead to the state having to work on space quickly an...
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Recent times have witnessed a growing belief in urban spaces as ‘assemblages’ produced through interwoven and spatially differentiated forces that converge at particular sites. There is also continuing interest in the nature of neoliberal tendencies and the rise of post-politics and democracy in urban governance. These accounts typically lack atten...
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A considerable body of research has developed on processes of neoliberal urban regeneration and gentrification. On the one hand, there are many political economy accounts emphasising the role of economic capital in processes of urban change and gentrification. On the other hand, there is a wealth of governmentality studies on the art of government...
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This chapter explores the national indicators that attempt to measure performance in cohesion interventions. It engages with the literature on performance management, social identity, and ‘place’, with the purpose of evaluating its impact on community-cohesion performance-management arrangements. In addition, the nature of the performance indicator...
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Introduction: Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) are a major recent innovation in English local Governance (Aulakh et al, 2002; Hastings, 2003). Their role is crucial to the success of a number of other government policies and initiatives, including neighbourhood renewal and Local Area Agreements, and more widely to the responsive and effective de...
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Recent studies of new institutional spaces typically underplay the uneven and contested process of institutional change by undervaluing the role of inherited institutions and discourses. This is a critical issue as neoliberal networked forms of governance interact with inherited institutional arrangements, characterised by important path dependenci...
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This report, by a consortium of researchers, is the final output from a three year evaluation evaluation of the Mixed Communities Initiative demonstration projects. It covers the period August 2006 to July 2009.
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This article examines the adoption, by the New Labour government, of a mixed communities approach to the renewal of disadvantaged neighbourhoods in England. It argues that while there are continuities with previous policy, the new approach represents a more neoliberal policy turn in three respects: its identification of concentrated poverty as the...
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The Mixed Communities Initiative (MCI) was announced in January 2005, as a new and more comprehensive approach to tackling area disadvantage, bringing together housing and neighbourhood renewal strategies to reduce concentrations of deprivation, stimulate economic development and improve public services. This study sets out the baseline position a...
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  In the UK there has been a proliferation of agencies at differing regulatory scales as part of the rescaling and restructuring of the state by New Labour, following the neoliberal policies of previous Conservative governments. This raises questions concerning the extent to which New Labour's urban state restructuring is embedded within neoliberal...
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Current British government economic development policy emphasises regional and sub-regional scale, multi-agent initiatives that form part of national frameworks to encourage a 'bottom up' approach to economic development. An emphasis on local multi-agent initiatives was also the mission of Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs). Using new survey e...
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This paper examines the role of after-care services in the corporate ‘repeat-investment’ process at foreign-owned establishments (FOEs) in Wales - a region of the UK which has attracted a significant number of inward investors. With the growing importance of repeat investment in peripheral regions, development agencies increasingly seek to support...
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Using secondary data and new survey evidence from local LSC's, this article assesses the progress of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). It does so with particular reference to three current policy priorities: to ensure national coherence but with sensitivity to the local context, to increase the demand‐led element of education and training, and...
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This paper assesses the emerging impact of the British government's modernisation programme on the economic development role of local government. New survey and interview evidence is used to compare with earlier surveys, dating from the 1980s. In addition surveys of local government relations with other partner bodies are used to assess how governa...
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Repeat investment by multinational enterprises (MNEs) at 'foreign owned establishments' has become an important form of investment in recent years and, as such, can be considered a significant aspect of the nexus between corporate processes and host territorial economies. In terms of the latter, socio-institutional factors, operating within regiona...
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This paper assesses the response by local authorities to the new institutional structure introduced in England and Wales since 1997: of Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), the Welsh Assembly and Welsh Development Agency (WDA), subregional partnerships, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), Education and Learning Wales (ELWa), and local governmen...
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Incl. abstract, bib. This article assesses the role of Learning Partnerships in England and equivalent bodies in Scotland and Wales, as an example of a post-16 education and training initiative and its articulation via public sector institutions. The article uses new survey evidence across Britain. It demonstrates that Learning Partnerships have be...
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Inward investment promotion and aftercare remain central aspects of local economic development for English Regional Development Agencies, Scottish and Welsh development bodies, and local authorities in Britain. In many cases, partnership and consultation mechanisms have become integral to attracting inward investment and providing aftercare. Inward...
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This paper examines the scale and form of discretionary activity in Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs). Discretionary activity was a key aspect of TECs. In particular it underpinned their role to be flexible local agents offering leadership and finance to lever partnerships with other agents. The paper examines TEC discretionary activity at th...
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In the late 1990s Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) were introduced into the English economic development policy and partnership landscape. Cited as a way in which to improve regional competitiveness and innovation, their task is to build institutional capacity by creating a strategic context for sub-regional organizations and fostering partners...
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In this paper the authors examine the nature of relationships between multinational enterprise (MNE) affiliates and local institutions of governance. They begin by identifying a number of key themes regarding the efficacy and nature of local institutional support for the attraction and embedding of MNE affiliates. The growing interest of government...
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In this paper we concentrate on a neglected process in the restructuring of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and the formation of spatial divisions of labor. Existing conceptions of interlocality competition for mobile investment and spatial divisions of labor center on the dynamics of new greenfield investment. We provide instead an exploratory an...
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Recently there has been somewhat of a consensus among economists, political scientists, planners and geographers regarding the enhanced potential of sub-national territories and their institutions to influence the activities of multinational companies. To varying degrees, political scientists have stressed the growing powers and resources assumed b...

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