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Inclusive growth in cities: a sympathetic critique

Lee, Neil ORCID: 0000-0002-4138-7163 (2018) Inclusive growth in cities: a sympathetic critique. Regional Studies, 53 (3). pp. 424-434. ISSN 0034-3404

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00343404.2018.1476753


The concept of “Inclusive Growth” – a concern with the pace and pattern of growth – has become a new mantra in local economic development. Despite enthusiasm from some policymakers, others argue it is a buzzword which is changing little. This paper summarises and critiques this agenda. There are important unresolved issues with the concept of Inclusive Growth, which is conceptually fuzzy and operationally problematic, has only a limited evidence base, and reflects an overconfidence in local government’s ability to create or shape growth. Yet, while imperfect, an Inclusive Growth model is better one which simply ignores distributional concerns.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Regional Studies Association
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 11 May 2018 09:29
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 16:03
Projects: ES/M007111/1
Funders: ESRC What Works in Poverty Reduction Grant

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