In search of the Great North

F. Robinson, K. Shaw

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Much rhetoric has recently suggested that economic problems of the North of England have been solved, and that a dynamic growth coalition has emerged within the region. This article argues that these claims are exaggerated: economic and social stress indices are still high for the region; the growth coalition has a narrow policy agenda, is limited in vision, and is still run along traditional corporatist lines. A review of recent strategies to revive the region's economy over the past decade reveal that the notion of regionally generated revival is a myth - state intervention, in various guises, has been as prevalent as ever. The region must adopt more radical policies, based upon a framework of regional devolution, to solve endemic economic problems. Priorities lie in rebuilding the manufacturing base and combating unemployment and poverty. -N.Davey

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-283
Number of pages5
JournalTown & Country Planning
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1991


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