Prospects for ‘place-based’ industrial policy in England: The role of Local Enterprise Partnerships

This article, written in partnership with our friends Professor Frank Peck and Keith Jackson at the University of Cumbria’s Centre for Regional Economic Development, is available to download – click here to read more.

The English regions have witnessed a dramatic shift in institutional structures for economic development since the new UK Coalition Government took office in 2010, involving the formation of 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) that have replaced the former Regional Development Agencies. The article shows that recent experience in the UK has been marked by increased centralisation of policy making, and this centralisation contrasts with policy directions at the European scale that have involved place-based approaches and the application of the principles of smart specialisation. The article concludes that there is a need for greater place-sensitivity in UK industrial policy and consideration of the role that Local Enterprise Partnerships might play in the design as well as delivery of national and sub-national economic strategies.

Written by Jonathan DurninFollow Jonathan Durnin on Twitter Author Jonathan Durnin

A founding Director of DC Research, Jonathan brings 23 years of academic, policy development and consultancy experience as a research economist, evaluator and project manager to the business. He is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association, and a Member of the Institute of Economic Development.

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