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Building sustainable communitiesSpatial policy and labour mobility in post-war Britain$
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Mike Raco

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347442

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347442.001.0001

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Building balanced labour markets in the post-war New Towns

Building balanced labour markets in the post-war New Towns

(p.76) (p.77) Four Building balanced labour markets in the post-war New Towns
Building sustainable communities

Mike Raco

Policy Press

This chapter presents an assessment of the rationalities and practices that are involved in the building of the New and Expanding Towns. It is focused on the key relationships that were established between employment and community building. This shows how the development agendas were underpinned by certain imaginations of place and specific understandings of how labour markets operated and could be created through policy programmes. The chapter also views migration as a mechanism for sustainable labour-market building and the optimisation of economic growth and social activity.

Keywords:   expanding towns, development agendas, labour markets, migration, economic growth, social activity

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