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The political economy of and practical policies for inclusive growth - a case study of Scotland

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The concept of ‘inclusive growth’ (IG) is discussed in a political economy framework. The article reports comparative analysis of economic and planning policy documents from Scotland, England and the UK and findings from expert workshops held in Scotland, which identify four key policy areas for ‘inclusive growth’: skills, transport and housing for young people; city-regional governance; childcare; and place-making. These policies share with the ‘Foundational Economy’ an emphasis on everyday infrastructure and services, but add an emphasis on inter-generational justice and stress the importance of community empowerment as much as re-municipalisation. Factors enabling IG policy development include: the necessary political powers; a unifying political discourse and civic institutions; and inclusive governance and participatory democracy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Early online date22 Dec 2020
Publication statusEarly online - 22 Dec 2020


  • The Political Economy of and Practical Policies

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