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Title: The Construction of 'Regional Development' in the Boardroom: A Comparative Analysis of New South Wales and Western Australia
Contributor(s): Conway, Mary-Louise  (author); Dollery, Brian E  (author); Grant, Bligh  (author)
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: The expression 'regional development' has entered contemporary policy discourse as if it represented a commonly understood and well-defined activity. This paper considers the manner in which board members of state government-funded regional development agencies in New South Wales (NSW) and Western Australia (WA) describe regional development. We outline four major discourses surrounding regional development in the literature and compare these with the narratives gathered from 53 regional development board members in NSW and WA. Analysis of these semi-structured interviews suggests that board members see regional development in overlapping and coalescing discourses which inform understandings of their roles within the broader framework of regional development governance. Further, we suggest that regional development is principally driven by uncertainty and the boards are regarded, at least by those within the boardroom, as instruments of politicised activity.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Economic and Social Policy, v.14 (2)
Publisher: Southern Cross University
Place of Publication: Queensland, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 160509 Public Administration
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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