Martin Jones

Martin Jones
Staffordshire University | SU

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Geographical Political Economy

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Emerging in the mid-2010s, the Foundational Economy has been heralded as 'a compelling counter project against neoliberalism' and 'an alternative pathway … [for] progressive political renewal'. Grounded in a review of cross-disciplinary debates, this paper introduces the concept of the Foundational Economy and places it in relation to heterodox geo...
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This City Deal will provide the region and its partners with the new ways of working and resources to unlock significant economic growth across the Swansea Bay City Region. It is a Deal where both Welsh and UK Governments have committed to jointly invest, subject to the submission and approval of full business cases in relation to the 11 identified...
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This research report - published in conjunction with Sheffield TUC - explores low paid and precarious work in Sheffield and its City Region. Earlier chapters explore the causes of labour market insecurity and map out the contemporaneous patterns of low paid and precarious work (with a particular focus on welfare reform), while later chapters explor...
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This paper discusses the creation of a growth deal for North Wales (The North Wales Growth Deal – NWGD). North Wales is primarily a rural region within the UK, without a core-city or large metropolitan centre. The paper examines how this urban dynamic, fostered around a pushing of the agglomerative growth model out of the city-region, is being tran...
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This entry suggests that regionalism, defined as the processes and practices of region‐making, can help to take regional geography forward in human geography and the social sciences more broadly. For the purposes of this discussion, a region is a temporary permanence, something held stable, though not fixed and absolute, at different points in time...
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Twenty years ago, Bob Jessop (1998) published a defining piece on the “rise of governance” and the “risks of failure”, using the example of economic development to frame concerns with the state of capitalism at that time. This charted the rise of governance, outlined key governance practices, and offered preliminary reflections on the nature, forms...
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The precise moment that triggered the EU referendum had its roots in the Europhobia that lurked within the soul of the Conservative Party. It has been deeply perturbing to witness such Europhobia played out in the form of an internal party political melodrama while the scandalous socio-economic fissures that fed the Brexit insurgence appeared to re...
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The concept of localism and spatial delineation of the ‘city region’ have seen a renaissance as the de facto spatial political units of governance for economic development. One articulation of this has seen the creation of Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) to potentially enhance Wales’s poor economic performance and secure democratic forms of social coh...
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Region and territory have been major keywords of geographical thinking, methodology and research practice since the institutionalization of geography as an academic discipline at the end of the 19th century. But what is a region? How are they constructed? How do regions relate to territory? Are regions and territories still relevant in today’s mode...
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Region and territory have been major keywords of geographical thinking, methodology and research practice since the institutionalization of geography as an academic discipline at the end of the 19th century. But what is a region? How are they constructed? How do regions relate to territory? Are regions and territories still relevant in today’s mode...
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Resumo: Este ensaio busca reformular debates recentes sobre a teoria socioespacial por meio da introdução de uma abordagem que pretende compreender o caráter inerente-mente polimórfico e multidimensional das relações socioespaciais. Como antigos defen-sores de uma virada escalar, agora questionamos o privilégio – qualquer que seja – a uma única dim...
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Resumo: Este ensaio busca reformular debates recentes sobre a teoria socioespacial por meio da introdução de uma abordagem que pretende compreender o caráter inerente-mente polimórfico e multidimensional das relações socioespaciais. Como antigos defen-sores de uma virada escalar, agora questionamos o privilégio – qualquer que seja – a uma única dim...
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Resumo: Este ensaio busca reformular debates recentes sobre a teoria socioespacial por meio da introdução de uma abordagem que pretende compreender o caráter inerente-mente polimórfico e multidimensional das relações socioespaciais. Como antigos defen-sores de uma virada escalar, agora questionamos o privilégio – qualquer que seja – a uma única dim...
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Within the UK and further afield, the spatial delineation of the ‘city-region’ has seen a renaissance as the de facto spatial political unit of governance driven by economic development. This spatial realignment has been central to the construction of Northern Powerhouse and has rested alongside other agendas such as devolution, localism and auster...
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This paper argues that city-region building debates and relatedly “post-political” literatures are missing critical perspectives on the state, particularly the state’s continued existence as a social relation and an arena for politics, its role in the regulation of uneven development and the conflicts and struggles that arise from this. The paper b...
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Writing regions, undertaking a regional study, was once a standard form of geographic communication and critique. This was until the quantitative revolution in the middle of the previous century and more definitively the critical turn in human geography towards the end of the twentieth century. From then on writing regions as they were experienced...
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This paper provides an overview and synthesis of debates pertaining to the development of city-regions and their applicability to the UK space economy. The purpose is to make links to advance both interna- tional academic debates and realpolitik policy knowledge concerns. The paper, firstly, traces the multifari- ous and at times disconnected acade...
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This ‘in perspective’ piece addresses the (re-)positioning of civil society within new structures of city-region governance within Greater Manchester. This follows on from the processes of devolution, which have given the Greater Manchester City-Region a number of new powers. UK devolution, to date, has been largely focused upon engendering agglome...
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Within the context of spatial rebalancing and a Northern (metro-region) Powerhouse, this article explores the implementation of the devolution of employment and skills within the Sheffield city region. We make both an original empirical and analytical contribution by suggesting that notions of governance and metagovernance failure are important for...
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In an article published nearly 15 years ago with Gordon MacLeod, we carefully reviewed, situated, extended, and above all celebrated the enormous intellectual contributions of Anssi Paasi to the scholarly project of doing 'regions in geography' Situated within, and going beyond, the 'new regional geography' movement in human geography and the socia...
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Jones, M., Jones, R., Woods, M., Whitehead, M. J., Dixon, D. P., & Hannah, M. G. (2014). An Introduction to Political Geography: Space, Place and Politics. (2nd ed.) Routledge.
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The Baroque offers architectures of vision that situate the viewer in a distinctly spatial relationship to the representation. Rather than providing a statically ordered perspectival arrangement, the ‘center’ continually shifts, the result being the ongoing articulation of complex spatial conditions where the subject is coextensive with that of the...
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Jones M. and Woods M. New localities, Regional Studies. During the mid-to-late 1980s, locality was the spatial metaphor to describe and explain the shifting world of regional studies. The paper argues that the resulting localities debate threw this baby out with the bathwater and rather than invent new concepts to capture socio-spatial relations in...
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Jones, M., Paasi, A. (2013). Guest Editorial: Regional World(s): Advancing the Geography of Regions. Regional Studies, 47 (1), 1-5. Special Issue: Regional World(s): Advancing the Geography of Regions
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This chapter builds on chapter 3 by focussing on the ways in which the new institutions of economic governance represent a rescaling, as well as a restructuring, of the state. It shows how we have witnessed a complex rescaling of economic governance, both vertically between different scales, and horizontally between institutions operating over the...
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This chapter assesses a range of theoretical developments in the field of state restructuring, concentrating especially on those which have been used to understand economic governance. The chapter examines key literatures on new regionalism, on multi-level governance, on the political economies of scale and on strategic-relational state theory. It...
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This chapter examines how the process of filling in takes place in peopled, as well as institutional and territorial, contexts. It discusses work on anthropological understandings of the state, which has helped academics to comprehend how 1) state personnel of various kinds make sense of the often large-scale organizational and territorial changes...
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This chapter examines the formation of new institutional structures of economic governance following devolution in each of the devolved territories. It then examines the economic development strategies of the new institutions, to provide a comparative assessment of institutional and strategic development. The chapter explores the political pressure...
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The aim of this chapter is to explore the relationships between various aspects of the processes of devolution, which have affected the economic governance of the UK in recent years. It focuses on the connections between the organisational, territorial/scalar and peopled aspects of the process of filling in, through a sustained case study of the em...
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This concluding chapter gas two main aims. The first is to update the preceding empirical discussion by elaborating on some of the major recent developments that have taken place in the continuing process of devolution. The second part of the chapter considers the broader conceptual significance of the themes discussed elsewhere in the book, and in...
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This article is an edited transcript of a panel discussion on ‘Space and Spatiality in Theory’ which was held at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC, April 2010. In the article, the panel map out some of the challenges for thinking, writing and performing spaces in the 21st century, reflecting upon the emer...
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Macleod, G., Jones, M. (2011). Renewing Urban Politics. Urban Studies, 48 (12), 2443-2472.
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  This paper develops multi-dimensional analyses of socio-spatial relations. Building on previous research, we identify some tensions associated with different dimensions of socio-spatiality and introduce the theme of compossible and, more importantly, incompossible socio-spatial configurations. Two short studies are deployed to highlight the socio...
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This paper is written by a geographer and discusses the importance of ‘thinking space relationally’ in, and for, the social sciences. According to its advocates, relational thinking insists on an open-ended, mobile, networked and actor-centred geographic becoming. I position relational space within the lineage of philosophical approaches to space,...
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Recent years have witnessed a burgeoning of work on `thinking space relationally'. According to its advocates, relational thinking challenges human geography by insisting on an open-ended, mobile, networked, and actor-centred geographic becoming. The paper discusses the importance of this `relational turn' by positioning it within the lineage of ph...
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Etherington D. and Jones M. City-regions: new geographies of uneven development and inequality, Regional Studies. Recent years have witnessed a burgeoning literature on the 'new regionalism'. Protagonists have made persuasive arguments about regions as successful models of economic and social development. This paper argues that the championing of '...
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Skills are currently riding high on the political agenda and major changes are underway with respect to regulation and governance. We explore developments taking place in the Sheffield city-region, particularly the 'skills strategy for Sheffield' and its governance. We suggest that city-regions reinforce, and have the potential to increase, rather...
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This chapter examines the development of Labour's skills and training policies and the implementation of these in rural areas in Great Britain. It describes a case study of the ‘New Deal’ in rural Wales and shows that difficulties of delivering a workfare-based national programme in rural labour markets. The chapter explains the partnership framewo...
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Introduction Since 1997 the New Labour government has incrementally introduced a raft of institutional and policy changes in relation to employment, training and skills in order to seek to boost productivity and economic growth. Cast from a mould of neoliberal political objectives, this is in part connected to constructing a knowledge-based economy...
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This essay seeks to reframe recent debates on sociospatial theory through the introduction of an approach that can grasp the inherently polymorphic, multidimensional character of sociospatial relations. As previous advocates of a scalar turn, we now question the privileging, in any form, of a single dimension of sociospatial processes, scalar or ot...
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Political economy remains a pressing agenda for political geography and human geography more generally. This is evident from recent exchanges between (variously defined) Marxists and post-structuralists on the nature of society and space, via themes such as scale, space, region, public policy, being political, etc. The paper explores imaginative sp...
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This groundbreaking, interdisciplinary volume brings together diverse analyses of state space in historical and contemporary capitalism. The first volume to present an accessible yet challenging overview of the changing geographies of state power under capitalism. A unique, interdisciplinary collection of contributions by major theorists and analys...
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Abstract. This essay seeks to reframe recent debates on sociospatial theory through the introduction of an approach that can grasp the inherently polymorphic, multidimensional character of sociospatial relations. As previous advocates of a scalar turn, we now ...
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Whilst undoubtedly central to academic and policy-relevant spatial analysis for over a hundred years now, 'the region' has continued to be an elusive category: its various meanings and the implications therein frequently being challenged and modified through paradigmatic shifts in such spatial analysis. Today, amid what is undoubtedly a period of d...
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The twin categories of the state and nature collectively embody some of the most fundamental reference points around which our lives and thinking are organized. Despite their combined significance, however, the complex relationships that exist between modern states and nature remain under-theorized and are relatively unexplored. Through a detailed...
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A key consideration when explicating the character of nature–state relations is their historical geographies, or what we may term their key ‘moments of mutual association’. But despite the obvious importance of nature and the environment for shaping the character of the state and the equally crucial role played by physical and environmental process...
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From the beginning of this book we have consistently emphasized that our multi-faceted understanding of states cannot be simplistically equated with a nationally scaled and territorially bound institution. Despite this stated aim, in many of the preceding chapters we have described a series of ways in which state natures have been produced at a nat...
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Before continuing to read this book, stop, place this volume back on the shelf and take a moment to look through the pages of an illustrated atlas of the world. At least half of this atlas will probably be given over to illustrating one of the dominant political ordering principles around which our world continues to be constructed and conceived—th...
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The previous two chapters have examined key moments and sites of nature– state interaction and have argued for the need to explore the manifold contexts within which these linkages develop. This discussion proved useful as a way of highlighting the different ways in which modern states have sought to frame national natures through ideological and m...
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The twin categories of the state and nature collectively embody some of the most fundamental reference points around which our lives and thinking are organized. Despite their combined significance, however, the complex relationships that exist between modern states and nature remain under-theorized and are relatively unexplored. Through a detailed...
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This chapter is about how we think about states, natures, and the relationships between them. Despite this book’s assertion that an understanding of the relations between states and natures is vital for any interpretation of contemporary political life or ecological existence, it is important to recognize the growing sense of antipathy towards theo...
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In 1965 it was estimated that Belgium had 607,142 hectares (ha) of forested land, while Finland had 21,800,000 ha (6,500,000 of which were swamp forest). France, meanwhile, had 111,800 ha of swamps and marshes (étang en rapport), compared with the Federal Republic of Germany’s 188,000 ha. Of its total land area of 24,402,000 ha, the UK had 7,541,40...
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To talk about technology when exploring the relationship between states and nature may seem paradoxical. The paradoxical nature of this assignment is twofold. First, many argue that to speak of the technological is to speak of the anti-political—here technology is understood not as something of the state, but as an external arena that can simultane...
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Issues of state restructuring and rescaling are on the political agenda across much of Western Europe, but these general processes of restructuring take on different inflections in different countries. This paper will concentrate on the case of the UK, and in particular will explore the ways in which devolution has provided the opportunity for sign...
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Key words: nature, state, space, Lefebvre, Smith, Jessop This paper explores a dual absence — the absence of the state within contemporary geographical analyses of nature; and the absence of nature within contemporary explorations of state power. We argue that the modern state continues to play a crucial role in framing social interactions with nat...
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We examine the unfolding dynamics of devolution and economic governance in the United Kingdom. We maintain that devolution has set in train a series of far-reaching organisational and institutional changes in the various UK territories. Although devolution in the United Kingdom can be described, following Jessop, as an aspect of the ‘hollowing out’...
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In this issue of the Policy Review Section , Professor Michael Chisholm of the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, and a member of the Local Government Commission until June 1995, gives his reflections on the work of the Commission to date. His focus is the wider questions which the exercise raises concerning the governance of the cou...
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Jones, M. D., Goodwin, M. A., Jones, R. (2005). State modernization, devolution and economic governance: An introduction and guide to debate. Regional Studies, 39 (4), 397-403.
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Goodwin M., Jones M. and Jones R. (2005) Devolution, constitutional change and economic development: explaining and understanding the new institutional geographies of the British state, Regional Studies 39 , 421-436. This paper is concerned with the new institutional geographies of devolution and state restructuring, particularly in the UK. As part...
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Amid the globalization of economic life and a myriad of powerful challenges to Westphalian traditions of political statehood, it is now routinely contended that regions are 'in resurgence'. Nonetheless, much of the debate on this purported regional renaissance is bedevilled by confusion over what scholars and activists mean by regions and an analog...
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This paper is positioned within debates on the territorial restructuring of the national state and the emergence of regions as new spaces for instilling economic and social governance. It is argued that the rescaling of state capacities and competences associated with the programme of economic devolution in England—set within a broader context of s...
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After a period of considerable and sustained hegemony, many commentators have argued that contemporary processes of globalisation are acting as a challenge to nation state sovereignty. The paper argues that geographers need to focus on the ways in which the nation state continues to act, albeit in a modified manner, within the era of globalisation....
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This paper is positioned within theoretical perspectives that focus on welfare states as systems of power and negotiation between key social forces acting in and through the state apparatus. Despite an emerging consensus that UK welfare-state restructuring is deeply problematic, there appears to be reluctance, within the debate, to discuss viable a...
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Jones, M., Ward, K. (2004). Capitalist Development and Crisis Theory: Towards a ?Fourth Cut?. Antipode, 36 (3), 497-511.
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Jones, M., Jones, R., Woods, M. (2004). An Introduction to Political Geography: Space, Place and Politics. (1st ed.) Routledge
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English This article builds on the emerging body of work concerned with local state restructuring under New Labour. Set within the context of labour market and welfare state restructuring, we suggest that there is an emerging consensus for a more robust and proactive involvement by local government. The article argues that initiatives for reactivat...
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The reform of the British welfare state through the Labour Party's welfare-to-work initiative is beginning to generate considerable debate. Research is revealing that, amongst other things, supply-side interventions are not sufficient on their own to build skilled, dynamic, and socially inclusive economies. Although there is an emerging consensus t...
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As a result of the creation of a Scottish Parliament, Welsh and Northern Irish Assemblies, and the devolution of power to various regional bodies in England, there has been a substantial territorial refocusing of governance within the United Kingdom. Much has been written in the social and political sciences concerning this change, especially with...
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Jones, M., Ward, K. (2007). Neo-liberalism, crisis and the city: The political economy of New Labour's urban policy, In: New Horizons in British Urban Policy: Perspectives on New Labour's Urban Renaissance, Johnstone, C., Whitehead, M. (eds). Ashgate Publishing Limited, 143-155.
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Jones, M. R. (2004). The regional state and economic governance: regionalized regeneration, or territorialized political mobilisation?. In: Governing Local and Regional Economies: Institutions, Politics and Economic Development, Wood, A., Valler, D. (eds), pp. 177-204
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The contributions to this book explore the spatiality of state power in historical and contemporary capitalism. The observation that states are spatial entities may seem self-evident to many readers. Modern states are demarcated from each other by territorial boundaries that they patrol and regulate for military, police, economic, political, demogr...
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This paper explores the rise of local economic governance in Britain. It argues that local economic governance is associated with the rise of non-elected state forms and a multitude of partnership arrangements involving the public and private sector. This modus operandi is to be contrasted with economic government — the traditional method of managi...
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This paper suggests that crisis theories provide a framework for analyzing the urban spaces of neoliberalism. Drawing on crisis–theoretic approaches to state theory, we examine the path–dependent links between neoliberalism, urban policy, and Britain’s cyclical and crisis–prone cities through three tendencies: the geographies of state regulation, t...
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Recent academic debates have suggested that the capacity of any given territory to embed increasingly global processes of economic development partly rests on sub-national social, cultural and institutional forms and supports. In this context, devolution has the potential to alter the institutional architecture of the UK state and this paper interr...
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Recent academic discourses pertaining to a 'new regionalism' in economic development and territorial representation, in parallel with the constitutional restructuring of certain nation-states, have done much to revive a widespread debate about regional change. Although cautiously welcoming this, the authors raise a concern that much contemporary re...
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Jones, M., Gray, A. (2001). Social Capital, or Local Workfarism? Reflections on Employment Zones. Local Economy, 16 (3), 178-186.
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In recent debates on the regulation and governance of contemporary capitalism and its territorial form, there is an emerging consensus that successful economic development is contingent on a movement away from the nation-state and policy interventions at the national scale toward subnational institutional frameworks and supports. In effect, both an...
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This paper examines the evolution of the employability agenda of New Labour through the lens of one of its main policy vehicles for melding welfare reform and active labour market policies: Employment Zones. The transition from prototype to fully fledged Employment Zones is used to examine whether they represent a progression in 'joined up policy'...
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Since the late 1970s, the UK has experienced a series of changes in the mechanisms of governing local economic development. This paper considers the methodological consequences of these recent changes. Drawing on two local elite-based case studies, involving semi-structured interviews, we reflect on our acquired ‘situated knowledge’ and argue that...
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During the mid-to-late 1980s, a number of theoretical approaches were deployed to account for some major changes in the sociospatial form of capitalist development. One influential approach-which drew loosely on French regulation theory-chronicled a shift from Fordism to a post-Fordist flexible accumulation, which is characterised, in part, by the...

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