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Policy activism and regional path creation: the promotion of offshore wind in North East England and Scotland

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stuart Dawley, Professor Danny MacKinnonORCiD, Professor Andy Pike



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This paper argues for a broad evolutionary political economy understanding of local and regional path creation. We adopt a multi-actor and multi-scalar perspective, focusing on the roles of the state and regional policy interventions in mediating the creation of growth paths. The framework interprets attempts in North East England and Scotland to support path creation in the offshore wind sector through evolutionary inspired contextual policies. We demonstrate that the realisation of the these policies remains crucially conditioned by the dynamic and complex interplay between the national political economy of energy market regulation, industrial policy and inter-regional asymmetries in the governance of economic development.

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Author(s): Dawley S, Mackinnon D, Cumbers A, Pike A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society

Year: 2015

Volume: 8

Issue: 2

Pages: 257-272

Print publication date: 01/07/2015

Online publication date: 21/02/2015

Acceptance date: 16/12/2014

Date deposited: 19/12/2014

ISSN (print): 1752-1386

ISSN (electronic): 1752-1378

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/cjres/rsu036


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