Local enterprise partnerships
online resourceposted on 23.09.2011, 09:57 by John Harrison
As an urban-regional geographer, Dr John Harrison has been actively researching England’s urban and regional policies for the past decade, publishing extensively and delivering presentations (keynote or otherwise) to political leaders and policymakers, most recently in Canada, Germany, and UAE1. In early 2011 he received funding from his institution to conduct an independent study into Local Enterprise Partnerships – joint local authority-business bodies brought forward by groups of local authorities to support local economic development across ‘functional economies’. Extending previous research on the evolution of city-regionalism in England, this research project was uniquely positioned to offer an ‘in retrospect’, ‘in snapshot’ and ‘in prospect’ take on the establishment of LEPs as the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government’s chosen model for subnational governance. The research was conducted at a time of transition: Regional Assemblies had been abolished; Government Offices for the Regions and Regional Development Agencies were being wound down; various rounds of LEP announcements had seen 35 LEPs approved/established; first round decisions for the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) had just been announced; the first round of Enterprise Zones (EZ) had been announced. Furthermore, most LEPs were in the process of either forming their Board or holding their first/second Board meetings.
This research on which this paper is based was funded by a small research grant awarded to the author in February 2011 by the Centre for Research in Identity, Governance, Society (CRIGS).
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