Enterprises promoted by the public sector, or by public–private partnerships, to attract new enterprises and investment. Local economic development is conditional in its geography on land use plans and on the permissions made within the context of those plans (Cox (2004) TIBG29, 2). Local economic development policy has been identified as amongst the key areas where local authorities can foster more sustainable forms of development (Local Government Management Board 1993; see also Muir et al. (2000) Area 32, 4). Polèse and Shearmur (2006) Papers Reg. Sci. 85, 1 argue against using local economic development strategies as a means of arresting population and employment decline. Nonetheless, diversification into new markets is a key objective of local economic development policy in north-east Scotland (Chapman et al. (2004) TIBG29, 3). See Bartik (2005) Growth & Change 36, 2 on local economic development incentives.
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