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Reframing urban and regional 'development' for 'left behind' places

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Danny MacKinnonORCiD, Professor Louise KemptonORCiD, Dr Peter O'Brien, Dr Emma OrmerodORCiD, Professor Andy Pike



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The recent wave of populism has focused attention on ‘left behind’ places as hotspots of discontent. Seeking to remedy their neglect in urban and regional studies, the aim of this paper is to engage with the problems of ‘left behind’ places and to stimulate fresh thinking about alternative approaches. Reflecting the complex and inter-connected issues facing such places, it argues that a new conception is required to address issues of belonging and attachment. The paper outlines the basis of an expanded neo-endogenous development approach, identifying the foundational economy, income and livelihoods, social infrastructures and social innovation as key policy concerns.

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Author(s): MacKinnon D, Kempton L, O'Brien P, Ormerod E, Pike A, Tomaney J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy & Society

Year: 2022

Volume: 15

Issue: 1

Pages: 39-56

Print publication date: 01/03/2022

Online publication date: 14/11/2021

Acceptance date: 20/10/2021

Date deposited: 15/10/2021

ISSN (print): 1752-1378

ISSN (electronic): 1752-1386

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/cjres/rsab034


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