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The city-region chimera: the political economy of metagovernance failure in Britain

Etherington, David and JONES, Martin (2016) The city-region chimera: the political economy of metagovernance failure in Britain. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 9 (2). pp. 371-389. ISSN 1752-1378

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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 analyzing the development, tensions and contradictions of city region economic governance within the context of the UK Government’s devolution and localism agenda (in particular “Devolution Agreements”). We consider that governance failure arises because of the primacy of a neoliberal-dominated strategy orientation towards the market and its failure in the delivery of skills. Governance and metagovernance mechanisms are unable to sufficiently coordinate effective responses to address a legacy of de-industrialisation, deep-rooted labour market and sociospatial inequalities.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: Executive
Depositing User: Library STORE team
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2018 08:14
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2018 10:54
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4805

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