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From Problems in the North to the Problematic North: Northern Devolution Through the Lens of History

  • Daryl MartinEmail author
  • Alex Schafran
  • Zac Taylor
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Part of the Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research & Policy book series (SPERIRP)

Abstract

Current debates about Northern English cities and their role in national economic strategies cannot be read simply through the lens of contemporary politics. We therefore take the Northern Powerhouse as our starting point to trace a long history of policy and planning discourses about the North of England. We use Russell’s chronology of key historical moments in which Northern English cities hold a particular charge in cultural narratives of the nation to guide our analysis of contemporaneous tensions in debates about planning and governance. A focus on representations about the North of England over the last two centuries reveals four interlocking themes: the role of London in directing debates about the North; a tension between political and spatial approaches to planning; the characterisation of cities in the North as intrinsically problematic; and the continued issue of poverty in these cities.

Keywords

Devolution History North of England Planning Poverty Urbanism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUK
  2. 2.University of LeedsLeedsUK

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