, East of England, South-West and South-East, and these
came into operation in 1999. Non-elected Regional Chambers or
Assemblies were also established in each region to scrutinise the work
of the RDAs. For some, the development of English regions as ‘functional spaces’ had been consolidated by these new concentrations of
institutions and elites and they now intimated a process of ‘reconfiguring and rescaling’ regional economicgovernance. However, what
remained lacking was the democratic engagement of citizens, since the
regions had yet to develop properly their
the government embarking on actual structural reforms, its rhetoric remains in the realm of aspirations rather than signalling actual policy change.
Therefore, this chapter concludes that Bahrain's political economy continues to be in status quo albeit with updates. The adjustment policies implemented so far do not rise to the level of substantial systemic reform and are merely policy corrections or updates along neoclassical lines. These corrections are a ‘facelift’ rather than an actual complete transformation of political-economicgovernance
Situating peripheries research in South Africa and Ethiopia
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, including economic, governance, environmental, political, individual, etc., at multiple scales. We argue that the diversity of such drivers of change is significant and it suggests simplistic accounts of the peripheries are highly problematic. Our research reveals that in some areas, large-scale formal investment is evident (such as in Tulu Dimtu in Addis), while other areas are predominantly characterised by informal development or a complex mix of formal and informal processes, as in Molweni in eThekwini and Winterveld in Tshwane. We argue that theoretical framings
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implications for the (re-regulation of labour standards in the
context of large-scale migration from Poland and elsewhere. As trade
unions had a say in the socio-economicgovernance of the country,
they pushed the issue of employment rights to the top of the partnership agenda.
Unlike some European trade unions during the ‘guest worker’ period,
the Irish trade union movement did not oppose the inflow of migrants
(Krings, 2007). In fact, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)
together with IBEC campaigned for a ‘Yes’ vote in the second referendum on the 2002 Nice Treaty
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of the wage-setting systems in Greece
and the UK
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The steady encroachment of a more neoliberal set of market principles among
advanced capitalist countries has not necessarily been accompanied by a declining role of the state. This is as true with respect to the state’s role in wagesetting as it is in other areas of economicgovernance, such as social transfers,
product market regulation and corporate governance
Between political controversy and administrative efficiency
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centralised machinery of Whitehall, co-ordinated
through the Cabinet Office, to reinforce leadership.
The direct involvement of the state in economicgovernance is relatively
limited by comparative European standards.
The civil service is well qualified, under pressure to be efficient, and
theoretically neutral (i.e. subservient to the objectives of whatever
party is in power).
State power has traditionally been concentrated on central government,
with local government having a weak position.
The United Kingdom nevertheless comprises different national identities (Scots
feasible to pursue the conclusion of trade and investment
alliances and to turn a blind eye to human rights violations or corrupt
political regimes. Furthermore, Europe also needs to drop its Eurocentric
lens. It cannot give lectures on regional institutionalisation and development
models. This will not be accepted any more by Asian leaders. A more multipolar economic world order means also the acceptance of different models
of development and international relations. The EU should continue to
support a liberal, rules- and norms-based multilateral global economic
dependent on the success of its economic and social model, as well
as its capability of effective collective action. On these accounts, “the
international status of the EU has suffered setbacks in the last decennium
due to the onset of multiple crises, chiefly the sovereign debt crisis in the
Eurozone, the refugee crisis and the British referendum on its continued
membership of the EU” (Michalski and Pan, 2017: 4). The perception that
the EU’s economicgovernance model and its regulatory regime were not
able to prevent the sovereign debt crisis seriously undermined the EU