City regions, the North and economic competitiveness are high on the political agenda - again! Will it be any different this time - or will public and political interest in the concern disappear without trace after the next election?
This lecture will reflect on that question by looking at the changing fortunes of the UK city regions during the past 20 years and their prospects for the next decade. It will draw upon a range of work Professor Parkinson has done for the UK Government, the Economic and Social Research Council, Core Cities, the OECD and the European Commission. It will ask how and why different city regions in the UK are performing at home and abroad; what impact, local, national and European policies have had upon them and what is needed for them to perform better in future.