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Connected Growth: developing a framework to drive inclusive growth across a city-region

BEEL, David, JONES, Martin, Jones, Ian Rees and Escadale, Warren (2017) Connected Growth: developing a framework to drive inclusive growth across a city-region. Local Economy, 32 (6). pp. 565-575. ISSN 0269-0942

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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 (GM). This follows on from the processes of devolution, which have given the Greater Manchester City-Region (GMCR) a number of new powers. UK devolution, to date, has been largely focused upon engendering agglomerated economic growth at the city-region scale. Within GMCR, devolution for economic development has sat alongside the devolution of health and social care (unlike any other city-region in the UK) as well. Based on stakeholder mapping and semi-structured interviews with key actors operating across the GMCR, the paper illustrates how this has created a number of significant tensions and opportunities for civil society actors, as they have sought to contest a shifting governance framework. The paper, therefore, calls for future research to carefully consider how civil society groups are grappling with devolution; both contesting and responding to devolution. This is timely given the shifting policy and political discourse towards the need to deliver more socially-inclusive city-regions.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies > Journalism, Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: David BEEL
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 12:53
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:49
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