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How place, institutions and firms shape the Mersey Dee cross-border economy

Hildreth, Paul; (2021) How place, institutions and firms shape the Mersey Dee cross-border economy. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This study considers how the interaction of place, firms and institutions impact on realising the potential of the local economy. This is explored through a case study of the Mersey Dee cross-border economy that lies between North East Wales and North West England, as an illustration of a mixed urban and rural area that extends beyond a major urban area. It considers the application of two contrasting local models of local economic development to characterise the Mersey Dee: as a ‘city-region’ and a ‘locality’. In the UK context, the city-region is an agglomeration-driven and metropolitan territorial construct, that reflects the dominant narrative of UK sub-national economic policy, observed through Combined Authorities and, in England, metro-mayors. The locality, alternatively, is situated within a place-based framework, having territorial, relative and relational characteristics that are formed from its institutional, industrial and settlement character. The study is conducted in three stages. First, to understand what makes a place by considering how history, geography and institutions have shaped the distinctive character of the Mersey Dee. Second, by investigating the contribution of local institutions to economic place. Third, by uncovering knowledge about the local economy from its firms – understanding how they arrived there, their firm-to-firm and institutional relationships and how they view their location in the area today. Finally, it combines insights from the interrelationship of place with firms and institutions of value to realising the potential of the Mersey Dee, as well as being relevant to other sub-national places. It argues for valuing a place-based understanding of the sub-national economy that gives recognition to the distinctive and inter-dependent contribution that different places can make. This is by responding appropriately, within a multi-level context, to the long-term interactive relative and relational processes that shape the heterogeneous qualities of place.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: How place, institutions and firms shape the Mersey Dee cross-border economy
Event: UCL
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2021. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10130797
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