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Towards a sustainable, negotiated mode of strategic regional planning: a political economy perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anthony Champion



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2021.

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The need to give strategic direction to complex regional systems has never been greater, but reinstating a classic strategic plan model which failed to secure consistently positive impacts, or even sustain its own practice is a mistaken route. With a mix of conceptual analysis, critical review of past experience, and an examination of population dynamics across England’s Wider South East and its fringes this paper argues for a decentred form of strategic governance based on the development of a capacity for negotiated collaboration and realistic engagement with powerful market and institutional processes on a sustained basis.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Gordon I, Champion T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Regional Studies

Year: 2021

Volume: 55

Issue: 1

Pages: 115-126

Online publication date: 26/06/2020

Acceptance date: 16/04/2020

Date deposited: 24/04/2020

ISSN (print): 0034-3404

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0591

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2020.1759795


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