Regional Economic Policy ‘in the Making’: Imaginaries, Political Projects and Institutions for Auckland’s Economic Transformation

Show simple item record Wetzstein, S en Le Heron, Richard en 2012-05-27T08:47:57Z en 2010 en
dc.identifier.citation ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING A 42(8):1902-1924 01 Aug 2010 en
dc.identifier.issn 0308-518X en
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dc.description.abstract This paper explores the utility of investigating regional economic policy (REP) as constituted through the interplay of imaginaries, political projects, and institutional arrangements. It frames REP in process terms—as continually ‘in-the-making’ and emerging out of the intersecting trajectories of ideas, policy, individuals, and other resources. The empirical focus is economic governance in Auckland, New Zealand, in the years following the widely publicised neoliberal reforms and profound economic restructuring of the 1980s and early 1990s. The analysis draws on the authors’ particular positionality of being involved in knowledge production, both in academic and in policy arenas, and benefits from the development of a range of poststructural political economy methodologies by Auckland-based researchers. The concept of ‘political project’ is argued to be a useful analytical tool for linking circulating academic imaginaries, political initiatives, and particular policy rationales. By means of juxtaposing key aspects of particular economic imaginaries with political/policy initiatives and developments, it is shown that knowledge production for subnational economic governance is coconstitutive, contradictory, occurs on multiple geographical scales, and is mediated and remediated by place-specific and time-specific institutional actors. The methodological strategy of highlighting associations with the potential for interaction, rather than seeking causal processes, not only reveals the politicised nature of contextual facets of contemporary interventions, but promises to make a richer base for exploring possibilities for acting differently in urban and regional policy worlds. en
dc.publisher Pion publication en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Environment and Planning A en
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dc.title Regional Economic Policy ‘in the Making’: Imaginaries, Political Projects and Institutions for Auckland’s Economic Transformation en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 8 en
pubs.begin-page 1902 en
pubs.volume 42 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Pion en en
pubs.end-page 1924 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 199436 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-01-17 en

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