Community economic development in urban and regional regeneration: unfolding potential or justifiable scepticism?

LAWLESS, P. (2001). Community economic development in urban and regional regeneration: unfolding potential or justifiable scepticism? Environment and planning C: government and policy, 19 (1), 135-155.

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Abstract

In this paper I explore the scale of community economic development (CED) and the barriers impacting upon its evolution within an English region -- Yorkshire and The Humber. CED has been widely perceived by a range of policymakers as one mechanism through which to moderate the scale of economic decline in more disadvantaged localities. A number of funding sources, and in particular European Structural Funds, have increasingly allocated resources to creating and sustaining CED projects. But evidence from this region points to a very limited population of community businesses which undertake trading activities. Moreover, the sector is bedevilled by a series of constraints including those revolving around finance and partnership working. A number of policy developments could enhance the status and sustainability of CED projects, including a more structured approach towards the funding and operation of intermediary agencies. Even then, CED is likely to prove only a marginal player in economic reconversion. The scale of market failure in 'CED localities' points to the need for a more interventionist and collective approach to regeneration.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1068/c9942
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2009
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2009 18:23
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/811

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