Skills-led economic development? Regional futures, a demand-led system and the North East of England

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  2. Dr Nicholas Henry
  3. Dr Stuart Dawley
  4. Cheryl Conway
Author(s)Henry N, Dawley S, Conway CD
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Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference NameRegional Growth Agendas, Regional Studies Association Annual Conference
Conference LocationAalborg, Denmark
Year of Conference2005
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NotesThis paper connects a political economy of regional development with the new drive within UK skills and training policy towards a demand-led approach to human capital development. The paper revisits the conceptual debates surrounding the equilibriums and inter-relations between the performance and sophistication of the demand and supply side within skill formation process. As such, the paper examines the implications of the demand-led skills strategies for peripheral regions characterised by already structurally weak demands for skills and training - subsequently reflected in comparatively poor supply-side performances. The paper offers a critical perspective on the development of ‘skill imaginaries’ within regional development literatures and policy debates.