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Title: The growing importance of regions in an era of globalisation


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The growing importance of regions in an era of
globalisation
  • Globalisation and the significance of industrial
    clusters
  • The re-emergence of regional policy in the UK
  • Industrial policy perspectives
  • The problems of regional disparities
  • Political perspectives - devolution and
    decentralisation
  • Regional Development Agencies in England
  • RDAs - final answer of part of an emerging
    process?

2
Globalisation and industrial clusters
  • Paradoxically, the enduring competitive
    advantages in a global economy lie increasingly
    in local things - knowledge, relationships and
    motivation that distant rivals cannot match
  • M E Porter, Clusters and the New Economics of
    Competition, HBR, Nov-Dec 1998

3
The re-emergence of regional policy in the UK
since 1997
  • Industrial Policy - White Paper on
    Competitiveness 1998
  • Regional disparities across the UK
  • Is there a problem?
  • Something needs to be done
  • Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - what next?
  • RDAs for England - but what are the objectives?
  • Improving productivity
  • Reducing regional disparities
  • The 1,000,000,000 Divide - keeping the natives
    happy

4
Regional Development Agencies in England
  • What are they?
  • What is their purpose?
  • How will they achieve their aims?
  • RDAs and regional assemblies

5
Regional Development Agencies in England - using
industrial clusters
6
RDAs - The end of the story?
  • Achieving results
  • Political pressures - emergence of democratically
    accountable regional government as an aim for
    some regions
  • White Paper expected

7
Potential models for a North East assembly
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