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The information requirements for an effective regional policy: a critique of the Allsopp report

McVittie, E.P. and Swales, J.K. (2007) The information requirements for an effective regional policy: a critique of the Allsopp report. Urban Studies, 44 (3). pp. 425-438. ISSN 0042-0980

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Abstract

This paper considers the recommendations of the Allsopp Review on the adequacy of UK regional economic statistics. It raises general concerns over the philosophy underpinning the review and specific questions as to whether the review's recommendations are sufficient to operate effectively the present UK regional policy regime. In particular, the institutional arrangements that make up the 'new localism' in UK regional policy have data requirements that are more extensive than simply monitoring performance against government targets. Many of these in formational requirements were simply not considered or were given an inappropriately low weight in the Review's deliberations.