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Priority sectors in city regions? Some issues from a study of the Cardiff Capital Region

Crawley, Andrew and Munday, Maxim C. R. 2017. Priority sectors in city regions? Some issues from a study of the Cardiff Capital Region. Local Economy 32 (6) , pp. 576-589. 10.1177/0269094217728247

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Abstract

The City Region is becoming the spatial focus for economic development policy across many parts of the European continent. But these functional regions have taken on a new impetus in the UK with the introduction of ‘city deals’ aimed at improving network and coordination of actors in local authorities. One of the goals of city regions is to improve industrial policy particularly lacking since the abolition of many of the Regional Development Agencies across the UK. However, city regions in developing policy appear to be following in an unquestioning manner the industrial priorities of earlier institutions, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the case of the identification of priority industry development sectors. Too often the selection of industries and clusters for special support has been undertaken in an unquestioning manner. In this paper we focus on the case of the Cardiff Capital Region. We review approaches to identify priority sectors in this case and the problems associated with this policy approach.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0269-0942
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 August 2017
Date of Acceptance: 4 August 2017
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2018 16:43
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/103522

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