Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

News Item

Professor Danny MacKinnon publishes new paper and policy briefing on Northern Powerhouse

A new paper and policy briefing on the Northern Powerhouse outlines what a renewed Northern Powerhouse should look like and defines it as a long-term state strategy strengthening the Northern economy requiring government commitment and investment.

Based on detailed research, the briefing Reinvigorating the Northern Powerhouse? makes a number of policy recommendations for reinvigorating the Northern Powerhouse initiative, which lost momentum after 2016. While the Boris Johnson government has expressed its strong support for the Northern Powerhouse as part of the broader imperative of ‘levelling up’ growth across the country, this has yet to be translated into a coherent policy agenda. The briefing outlines what a renewed Northern Powerhouse should look like. It calls for a clear and comprehensive devolution framework, alongside integrated transport investment and the incorporation of basic services and infrastructure as well as key growth sectors.

The academic paper Governing uneven development: the Northern Powerhouse as a ‘state spatial strategy’‌provides a more theoretical analysis of the Northern Powerhouse, defining it as a long-term state strategy for strengthening the economy of the North of England, arguing that it was weakened by a lack of government commitment and investment after 2016.

For a copy of the paper, contact danny.mackinnon@ncl.ac.uk

 

 

 

published on: