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A place-based system? Regional policy levers and the UK's productivity challenge

Tilley, Helen, Newman, Jack, Connell, Andrew ORCID:, Hoole, Charlotte and Mukherjee, Ananya ORCID: 2023. A place-based system? Regional policy levers and the UK's productivity challenge. Regional Studies 10.1080/00343404.2022.2152436

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National governments are increasingly focusing on ‘place’ in attempts to tackle economic challenges. This puts pressure on regions to deliver productivity improvements. Drawing from stakeholder interviews, document analysis and secondary data analysis, this paper considers the productivity policy levers available to regional leaders. Three UK regions are compared in relation to four policy levers (nodality; authority; treasure; organization) and four drivers of productivity (investment and innovation; transport infrastructure; entrepreneurship and employment; skills). Despite differences, all three regions can be identified as ‘nodality institutions’, lacking the authority, treasure and organization to drive productivity improvements.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP)
ISSN: 00343404
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 April 2023
Date of Acceptance: 15 November 2022
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2023 16:58

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