Regional policies over the last decade: Imprinting working nation

McGrath-Champ, Susan and Searle, Glen (2005) Regional policies over the last decade: Imprinting working nation. Journal of Economic and Social Policy, 9 2: 87-106.

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Author McGrath-Champ, Susan
Searle, Glen
Title Regional policies over the last decade: Imprinting working nation
Journal name Journal of Economic and Social Policy
ISSN 1325-2224
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 9
Issue 2
Start page 87
End page 106
Total pages 10
Place of publication Lismore, N.S.W., Australia
Publisher Southern Cross University
Language eng
Abstract This paper reviews the regional policies of the Commonwealth Government's 1994 Working Nation White Paper and assesses its subsequent impact on this policy area. It outlines the recessionary macroeconomic context which allowed the emergence of Working Nation, and considers the innovation and feasibility of those policies. The paper then examines the main currents of regional policy at national and state levels since Working Nation, identifying principal dimensions including: an emphasis on network-based, community-led development, industry clusters as the main initiator of growth, and the influence of environmental concerns in generating selective regional responses from governments. However an increasing emphasis on major cities as a source of global competitive advantage has seen the states focus discretionary development resources on the capital cities, whilst accompanying re-regulation of industrial relations has widened the metropolitan/non-metropolitan wages gap. The paper concludes that reinvigorating regional policy needs a balanced and more supportive approach from all governments in place of the present minimalist and individualist approach.
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Created: Mon, 31 Oct 2011, 19:06:22 EST by Associate Professor Glen Searle on behalf of School of Geography, Planning & Env Management