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Urban renewal and regional growth: muddled objectives and mixed progress

Overman, Henry G. (2010) Urban renewal and regional growth: muddled objectives and mixed progress. CEP Election Analysis, CEPEA014. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Center of Economic Performance, London, UK.

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Abstract

Since 1997, the Labour government has spent considerable sums trying to narrow the gap between poor areas - neighbourhoods, cities and regions - and the rest. The latest CEP Election Analysis from the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) considers the evidence on the effects of some of these policy initiatives, with a focus on the role of 'area-based initiatives', which try to improve outcomes in particular areas. According to author Professor Henry Overman, the evidence suggests that progress against objectives has been mixed. This is unsurprising: the economic processes that drive differences across cities and regions of the UK are poorly understood and what evidence we do have has played little part in the formulation of policy. As a result, there is confusion about what urban and regional policy could and should try to achieve - and the parties' positions tend to be based on belief rather than evidence.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/
Additional Information: © 2010 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Research centres and groups > What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth (WWG)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: CEPEA014
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2014 11:30
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/58012/

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