LEPs – living up to the hype? The changing framework for regional economic development and localism in the UK

John Shutt, Lee Pugalis, Gill Bentley

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Abstract

From when the idea of local enterprise partnerships was first floated in the run-up to the May 2010 general election, there has been fervent discussion and steadfast work by the Coalition government to replace the nine regional development agencies of England with the new LEPS. Vince Cable MP called the decision to abolish the RDAs the Coalition’s “Maoist moment”. Thirteen years of work to establish a comprehensive system of regional development for England has since been abolished and abandoned. The philosophy and rationale for the establishment of the RDAs was set out in the 1997 white paper Building Partnerships for Prosperity: Sustainability, Growth, Competitiveness and Employment in the English Regions. Their main promoter was John Prescott MP, then deputy prime minister under the Blair government. This chapter examines whether LEPs are living up to the hype.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChanging Gear - Is Localism the New Regionalism
EditorsM. Ward, Sally Hardy
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSmith Institute
Pages12-24
Number of pages127
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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