The recording of the Regions Cities Industry webinar ‘Levelling Up Left Behind Places: The Scale and Nature of the Economic and Policy Challenge’ is now available to watch.
The session presents research funded by the RSA’s Policy Expo Grant Scheme and published as part of the Policy Impact Book Series. The Policy Impact book Levelling Up Left Behind Places: The Scale and Nature of the Economic and Policy Challenge is available to purchase here.
Books in the Policy Impact Book Series are accessible as hardcopy and online to RSA members via the RSA Lounge. If you would like to join our membership and would like a copy of the Policy Impact book, please contact us.
You can read the RSA Blog ‘Levelling up left behind places: Only a bold mission-orientated policy will succeed’ (originally published on the Bennett Institute for Public Policy website) by Ron Martin and Peter Tyler here.
Levelling Up Left Behind Places: The Scale and Nature of the Economic and Policy Challenge has been co-authored by Professor Ron Martin, Dr Ben Gardiner, Professor Andy Pike, Professor Peter Sunley and Professor Peter Tyler.
The book presents novel analyses of the scale, nature and geographies of the economically ‘left behind’ place problem. It examines why past urban and regional policies, going as far back as 1928, have not succeeded in achieving a more spatially equitable distribution of economic prosperity and opportunity. Having identified significant limitations and weaknesses of past policy, the book argues that a major transformative spatial policy model will be necessary to reduce geographical economic inequalities.
Key foundational principles are set out for a mission-orientated strategy, including:
- Embedding geography in national policy making and economic governance.
- Commitment of resources on a scale appropriate to the magnitude of the task.
- A federated system of city-region authorities with substantial devolved powers and funding.
- Strengthening of a bottom-up, place-based dimension to policy design and implementation.
Although the book is focused on the UK, there are lessons from the policy discussion that will be of relevance for other countries in which governments face challenges of levelling up those of their towns, cities and regions that have been left behind.