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Regions remain in flux. Their status as primary sites of governance and government is an ongoing negotiation between multiple endogenous and exogenous actors. The role of regions as drivers of economic activity and containers of socio-political identities and processes has waxed and waned in academic and policy discourse, most recently hybridized in neologistic categories such as city-regions, creative regions, resilient regions and mega-regions. There is, however, a need to find ways of foregrounding the region, of distinguishing the concept and object of analysis from its surroundings. Using mid Wales as an example, we highlight the complexities of the region and regional: as a ‘problem region’, as a changing array of administrative units, and as a ‘left behind’ territory subject to contemporary attempts to fix and fit it to the rationale of city-regional modes of governance. Framed by this analysis we reflect upon the implications of a proposed regional ‘growth deal’ and argue for a regions-first approach.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||International Journal of Urban and Regional Research|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Apr 2021|
- historical imaginaries
- regional development
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The Global Countryside: Rural Cange and Dvelopment in Globalization. GLOBAL RURAL
01 Feb 2014 → 31 Jan 2019
Project: Externally funded research