Coalfields and neighbouring cities: economic regeneration, labour markets and governance

Tony Gore, Steve Fothergill, Emma Hollywood, Colin Dale Lindsay, Kevin Morgan, Ryan Powell, Stevie Upton

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This study looks at the extent to which the regeneration of Britain’s coalfields depends on links with neighbouring cities. It is about the relationship between places – in terms of the economy, labour market and governance. As Britain has moved further away from its position as one of the world’s industrial powerhouses, people and places have had to adapt to new social and economic requirements. In particular, increasingly open local economies raise questions about how a growing network of links between places alter the role and identity of former industrial areas. This question is closely bound up with key contemporary policy issues. These include geographical disparities in welfare and productivity, the uneven operation of the labour market, the governance of economic development, and the competing claims of ‘city regions’ on the one hand and ‘regions’ and ‘sub-regions’ on the other as the appropriate arena for sub-national policymaking.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherJoseph Rowntree Foundation
ISBN (Print)978 1 85935 582 4
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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