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Labouring and learning towards competitiveness: the future of local labour markets after Harker, Leitch and Freud

Nunn, Alex; Johnson, Steve

Authors

Alex Nunn

Steve Johnson S.G.Johnson@hull.ac.uk



Abstract

In 1999 Geddes and Newman highlighted five key tensions in New Labour's adoption of the 'new centrist' approach to Local Economic Development (LED). This article reflects on the continuing relevance of these tensions in relation local labour markets and in the light of the publication of three major independent reviews of policy in relation to child poverty, skills provision and welfare reform and the Government's response to these. It suggests that in the main the tensions identified by Geddes and Newman remain relevant, especially within the emerging national policy framework. However, it also ends optimistically, by suggesting that there is scope for LED actors to piece together an approach which can begin to move toward a resolution of the tensions through bringing together employment and skills policies at the local level, developing more effective models of partnership working (including with employers), and taking the sustainability agenda more seriously.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2008
Print ISSN 0269-0942
Electronic ISSN 1470-9325
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 2
Pages 122-137
APA6 Citation Nunn, A., & Johnson, S. (2008). Labouring and learning towards competitiveness: the future of local labour markets after Harker, Leitch and Freud. Local Economy, 23(2), (122-137). doi:10.1080/02690940801976190. ISSN 0269-0942
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02690940801976190
Keywords General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02690940801976190
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