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Governments matter for capitalist economies: Regeneration and transition to green and decent jobs

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-21, 00:30 authored by Stroud, D, Peter FairbrotherPeter Fairbrother, Evans, C, Blake, J
Many traditional regions are undergoing change and transformation as industries restructure. The development of 'green economies' and the transition to a low-carbon economy offers areas experiencing industrial decline an opportunity to innovate around policies for regeneration. In this process, there is a necessary emphasis on skills development and the creation of decent jobs, but institutional context mediates such processes in different places in different ways. This article argues that an effective transition policy is more likely to emerge where a mutually reciprocal relationship is developed between the state qua government and the social groups that comprise the region, including employers and workers and their representatives. Utilising a 'varieties of capitalism' typology in relation to areas of industrial decline in Germany and the UK, the article illustrates the ways in which transition policies are elaborated and implemented, with an explicit focus on decent job creation.


Publication title

Economic and Industrial Democracy










Sage Publications Ltd

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6 Bonhill Street, London, England, Ec2A 4Pu

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Socio-economic Objectives

Employment patterns and change