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When politics meets economic complexity: Doing things differently in the Gippsland region, Australia


Fairbrother, P, When politics meets economic complexity: Doing things differently in the Gippsland region, Australia, Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 23, (3) pp. 400-420. ISSN 1030-7923 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Regional change and development is contested. The established approaches to social and economic change rely on either state intervention or a celebration of competition and markets, although often a messy combination. An alternative approach addresses political relations (who decides what and how) with socio-economic developmental proposals. This latter approach distinguishes between the foundational dimensions of a regional economy and the competitive aspects and initiatives. It also draws a contrast between patterns of change, focusing on the immediate (transitional) and the more long-term (transformational). The challenge is to exercise inclusive regional governance in relation to the opportunities and barriers to social and economic change. These themes are addressed in relation to the shift from a carbon-based economy to a less carbon reliant regional community, in Gippsland, the State of Victoria, Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:carbon, governance, regions, socio-economic relations
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Industrial and employee relations
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Industrial relations
UTAS Author:Fairbrother, P (Professor Peter Fairbrother)
ID Code:145160
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2021-07-05
Last Modified:2021-08-31

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