Local modes of social regulation? Regulation theory, thatcherism and uneven development

Jamie A. Peck*, Adam Tickell

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This paper examines processes of local social regulation, critically deploying a regulationist perspective on the political economy of uneven development. It is argued that the key issue of social regulation has been neglected in much recent work on economic restructuring. This paper proposes a conceptual framework for analysing social regulation at the subnational scale, applying this in a preliminary investigation of uneven development under Thatcherism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-363
Number of pages17
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1992

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given at the 38th meeting of the North American Regional Science Association in New Orleans, November 1991. We would like to thank participants at that meeting for constructive suggestions, in particular Merit Gertler and John Rees. Comments from Ash Amin, Mick Dunford, Diane Elson, Graham Haughton, Ray Hudson, Bob Jessop. Andy Leyshon. Mike Moran, Alan Warde and the members of the Open University’s South East Programme are also appreciated. More formally, Adam Tickell would like to acknowledge the support of ESRC grant number DO042875061T he usual disclaimers apply.

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  • Sociology and Political Science


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