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Skills-led economic development? Regional futures, a demand-led system and the North East of England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nicholas Henry, Professor Stuart Dawley, Cheryl Conway


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Author(s): Henry N, Dawley S, Conway CD

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Regional Growth Agendas, Regional Studies Association Annual Conference

Year of Conference: 2005

Notes: This paper connects a political economy of regional development with the new drive within UK skills and training policy towards a demand-led approach to human capital development. The paper revisits the conceptual debates surrounding the equilibriums and inter-relations between the performance and sophistication of the demand and supply side within skill formation process. As such, the paper examines the implications of the demand-led skills strategies for peripheral regions characterised by already structurally weak demands for skills and training - subsequently reflected in comparatively poor supply-side performances. The paper offers a critical perspective on the development of ‘skill imaginaries’ within regional development literatures and policy debates.