Will The Northern Powerhouse Benefit Small Towns?
Peer Reviewed
Field of study
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sociology
Regional Sociology
Will The Northern Powerhouse Benefit Small Towns? A Case Study of Hartlepool
Daniel Stevens
Field of study
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sociology
Regional Sociology
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This research examines the Northern Powerhouse plans and their impact on the small town of Hartlepool. The Northern Powerhouse policy seeks to address the North/South economic divide, a major part of the Northern Powerhouse of which are the ‘city deals’. The major concern that inspired this research were that the deals made, as the Northern Powerhouse policy is focused on cities in the north and overlooks small towns such as Hartlepool. For example, the name ‘city deals’ is concerning (are city deals just for cities?). This research is a case study of Hartlepool, which brings together a literature review, documentary data analysis and in-depth interviews. The research finds that, at times, there is a detachment between the Local Enterprises Partnership’s (LEP) plans for Hartlepool and the recommendations of local business owners, and communication between these groups and local actors is poor. This research also addresses the concerns over the political legitimacy of the elected mayor, who will be put in place in the Teesside LEP. Whether the Northern Powerhouse plans will collapse or be a success for Hartlepool is too early to tell. However, this research provides indicators for some of the strengths and challenges facing Hartlepool and similar small towns in the north and makes recommendations for local and national policy makers as well as academics.

ISBN 978-1-5342-0127-9
Imprint Glasstree Academic Publishing
DOI 10.20850/9781534201279
Copyright License CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication
Product Details 8.27 x 11.69 Standard Color Matte Perfect Bound
Page Count 52 pages
Type of Publication Dissertation or thesis
Peer Review Status Single blind, Completed
Keywords Northern Powerhouse, Local and Regional Development, Rebalancing Agenda, Rebalancing, Regional Economics
Audience Scholarly
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