Neil Lee: Inclusive Growth in cities
The concept of ‘Inclusive Growth’ – a concern with the pace and pattern of growth – has become a new mantra in local economic development. Despite enthusiasm from some policy-makers, others argue it is a buzzword which is changing little. This paper summarizes and critiques this agenda. There are important unresolved issues with the concept of Inclusive Growth, which is conceptually fuzzy and operationally problematic, has only a limited evidence base, and reflects an overconfidence in local government’s ability to create or shape growth. Yet, while imperfect, an Inclusive Growth model is better than one which simply ignores distributional concerns.
Neil Lee (2019) Inclusive Growth in cities: a sympathetic critique, Regional
Studies, 53:3, 424-434, DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2018.1476753