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    Gateways, hubs and regional specialisation in the National Spatial Strategy

    Van Egeraat, Chris and Breathnach, Proinnsias and Curran, Declan (2013) Gateways, hubs and regional specialisation in the National Spatial Strategy. Administration, 60 (3). pp. 91-114. ISSN 0001-8325

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    The National Spatial Strategy (NSS) identifies a set of 'gateways' and 'hubs' envisaged as becoming the main drivers of regional growth. A key aim of the NSS is the creation within these centres of specialised and competitive enterprise bases. This paper examines the progress that has been made towards the achievement of these objectives. Using data derived from the Forfas annual survey of state-assisted enterprises, the paper analyses trends in employment in the gateways and hubs, and the evidence of sectoral clustering at regional level, over the period 2001-2011. In both cases the results were largely negative, with most gateways/hubs experiencing substantial employment loss, and only Cork and Galway portraying the kind of dynamism envisaged by the NSS. The positive performance of these two centres is associated with strong growth in the electronics and medical devices sectors, respectively. Elsewhere, outside of resource-based activities, there has been little evidence of regional specialisation.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: National spatial strategy; gateways; hubs; employment change; regional specialisation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 4506
    Depositing User: Proinnsias Breathnach
    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2013 11:21
    Journal or Publication Title: Administration
    Publisher: Institute of Public Administration of Ireland
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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