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Regional development, equality and gender: moving towards more inclusive and socially sustainable measures

Perrons, Diane and Dunford, Robin (2013) Regional development, equality and gender: moving towards more inclusive and socially sustainable measures. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 34 (3). pp. 483-499. ISSN 0143-831X

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0143831X13489044


As the efficacy of the neoliberal model is now in question this is an appropriate moment to consider 'what kind of regional development and for whom?', or, as the authors interpret it, what kind of development model would be inclusive and economically and socially sustainable. Current indicators of regional performance are based on growth alone, overlook distribution and so misrepresent the performance of regions in terms of social well-being. An alternative, more inclusive measure of regional development and a gender sensitive variant are calculated for UK regions. On these measures London falls from the top ranked region to a middle rank on the regional development indicator and on the gender sensitive variant falls to the lowest position, arguably better reflecting the experience of life in this region. Optimistically, use of these measures would lead to more inclusive models of development that would render the more contentious social, redistributive policies less necessary.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R11 - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, and Changes
Sets: Departments > Gender Institute
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2013 11:38
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 05:06

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