A Region in Transition: North East England at the Millennium

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John Tomaney, Neil Ward
Ashgate, 2001 - Political Science - 217 pages
The UK has now joined a Europe-wide trend towards more devolved forms of government (e.g. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Assemblies). In the context of this general trend towards regionalizm as a focus for public policy and as a source of cultural and political identity, an interdisciplinary team from Newcastle University combine to analyze how this affects the North East of England. There has been comparatively little published on the contemporary development of English Regions and the North East is a particularly important case study, as throughout the 1990s it has experienced a range of social, economic and political changes. This book will contribute to key contemporary policy debates, which will affect all of the English regions and should be read by all social scientists interested in European regional development.

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Contents

Situating the North East in the European Space Economy
24
Microbusiness
82
Regional Identity
104
Two Cultures and the North Easts
120
The Restructuring of Young Geordies Employment
136
A Sociological Perspective on Air Quality Monitoring
158
Towards an Inclusive Regional
181
Local Interests Regional Needs or National Imperative?
199
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