A place-based system? Regional policy levers and the UK’s productivity challenge

Helen Tilley, Jack Newman, Andrew Connell, Charlotte Hoole, Ananya Mukherjee

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National governments are increasingly focusing on‘place’in attempts to tackle economic challenges. This puts pressureon regions to deliver productivity improvements. Drawing from stakeholder interviews, document analysis and secondarydata analysis, this paper considers the productivity policy levers available to regional leaders. Three UK regions arecompared in relation to four policy levers (nodality; authority; treasure; organization) and four drivers of productivity(investment and innovation; transport infrastructure; entrepreneurship and employment; skills). Despite differences, allthree regions can be identified as‘nodality institutions’, lacking the authority, treasure and organization to driveproductivity improvements.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalRegional Studies
Early online date19 Jan 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jan 2023


  • Levelling up
  • inclusive growth
  • place-based policy
  • regional drivers of productivity
  • regional governance institutions
  • regional inequality


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