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Contested Geographies I

A Short History of SW Regional Governance

The decades leading to the 2010 coalition government saw the UK become one of the most centralised democracies in the developed world. Unelected Local Enterprise Partnerships then replaced Labour's Regional Development Agencies, increasing the democratic deficit and leaving the low density South West at structural financial disadvantage.

Spatial strategy

3 minute read

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Contested Geographies II

A Short History of SW Regional Strategy

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership that emerged from the 2010 scramble to replace the Regional Development Agency has struggled for strategic relevance. Sub-regional authorities have since formed more appropriate ad hoc development strategy groupings that coincide with functional market areas.

Spatial strategy

3 minute read

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Contested Geographies III

A Short History of SW Regional Branding

Stalled South West devolution has allowed organisations to propose arbitrary spatial frames that suit their competing regional leadership agendas. The resulting confusion of brands has in turn allowed policy-makers to outline super-regional strategies that overlook distinct place-based development needs without improving public funding prospects.

Spatial strategy

3 minute read

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