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Pathways to the future? an initial assessment of RDA strategies and their contribution to integrated regional development

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul Benneworth


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The English Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) were established in April 1999 as part of the wider package of devolution measures. One of the first tasks undertaken by the RDAs was the preparation of Regional Economic Strategies (RESs). These strategies were intended to be a means of securing agreement on a single regional vision and programme of development. However, the RDAs are not the only actors present in the English regions and the RESs are not the only regional-level planning exercises. This paper reviews the guidance given to RDAs regarding the preparation and content of RESs. It also provides an initial assessment of the strategy documents and the extent to which they are coordinated with other regional plans and programmes. The eight RESs differ in terms of their structure, content and emphasis. In general terms, and accepting the constraints under which they were prepared, it is clear that they represent positive attempts to develop strategies for the regions. Key issues for the future include the need for RDAs to agree detailed subject-specific action plans, to establish stronger links with other regional actors and to ensure that they add value to regional development.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Roberts P, Benneworth PS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Local Economy

Year: 2001

Volume: 16

Issue: 2

Pages: 142-159

ISSN (print): 0269-0942

ISSN (electronic): 1470-9325

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/02690940110036586


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