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Local economic development and the transition from TECs to new institutional structures in England: partnership, discretion and local flexibility

Ramsden, M, Bennett, R. J. and Fuller, Crispian 2007. Local economic development and the transition from TECs to new institutional structures in England: partnership, discretion and local flexibility. Policy Studies 28 (3) , pp. 225-245. 10.1080/01442870701437444

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Abstract

Current British government economic development policy emphasises regional and sub-regional scale, multi-agent initiatives that form part of national frameworks to encourage a ‘bottom up’ approach to economic development. An emphasis on local multi-agent initiatives was also the mission of Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs). Using new survey evidence this article tracks the progress of a number of initiatives established under the TECs, using the TEC Discretionary Fund as an example. It assesses the ability of successor bodies to be more effective in promoting local economic development. Survey evidence is used to confirm that many projects previously set up by the TECs continue to operate successfully under new partnership arrangements. However as new structures have developed, and policy has become more centralized, it is less likely that similar local initiatives will be developed in future. There is evidence to suggest that with the end of the TECs a gap has emerged in the institutional infrastructure for local economic development, particularly with regard to workforce development. Much will depend in future on how the Regional Development Agencies deploy their growing power and resources.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0144-2872
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:08
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/72079

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