Local economic governance strategies in the UK’s post-industrial cities and the challenges of improving local work and employment conditions

Yates, E., Clark, I. ORCID: 0000-0001-7698-2715 and Rossiter, W. ORCID: 0000-0002-2199-1136, 2021. Local economic governance strategies in the UK’s post-industrial cities and the challenges of improving local work and employment conditions. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit. ISSN 0269-0942

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Abstract

This study examines two inter-connected issues: the local economic governance strategies pursued by English local authorities in the post-2007 Crisis austerity period, and the impact of these strategies on local work and employment conditions. The study draws on interview data, policy documents and statistical datasets from an analysis of two English localities to understand how local authorities responded to the economic pressures resulting from the 2007 Crisis and subsequent imposition of austerity policies. The study finds local authorities engaged in various forms of entrepreneurial and austerity urbanist policies under conditions of tight budgetary constraints, resulting in an increased role for the private sector as a vehicle to generate jobs and increase tax revenue. This process has increased the influence of private sector actors within local government, part of a longer term trend. This study presents evidence to illustrate why this scenario is problematic for improving work and employment conditions, chiefly due to an unwillingness to progressively regulate work, and a prioritising of job quantity in terms of total employment, rather than favouring the creation of sustainable, high-quality local employment.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit
Creators: Yates, E., Clark, I. and Rossiter, W.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 27 July 2021
ISSN: 0269-0942
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10.1177/02690942211032507DOI
1454630Other
Rights: © The Author(s) 2021. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 29 Jul 2021 08:13
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2021 09:31
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URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43655

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