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Title: Regional Economic Governance: A Technology of Government or Regional Autonomy in New South Wales?
Contributor(s): Hearfield, Colin  (author); Sorensen, Anthony  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2009
DOI: 10.1080/13562570902999759
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Abstract: The focus of this paper is on the extent to which emerging forms of regional economic governance may be read as the burgeoning formation of regionally constituted, self-governing communities, and yet, somewhat ambiguously, as a new technology of central government. It begins by considering the distinction between 'governance' and 'government' and the extent to which current regional economic governance practices in the state of New South Wales, Australia, hold the promise of regional autonomy. With reference to the French philosopher and historian, Michel Foucault, a brief history is sketched of government rationality, indicating how the historically changing aims of government implicate various concomitant technologies. With this in mind, it is argued that contemporary regional economic governance practices in NSW do not so much reveal a new-found regional autonomy but rather a new technology of government.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Space and Polity, 13(2), p. 93-107
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor and Francis
Place of Publication: London, UK
ISSN: 1356-2576
Field of Research (FOR): 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
160806 Social Theory
160401 Economic Geography
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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