Turning the tide: Prospects for an industrial renaissance in the North Staffordshire Ceramics Industrial District

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Abstract

Drawing upon the evolutionary geography literature, we analyse how the North Staffordshire ceramics industrial district has begun to reverse a phase of ‘long decline’ (1979–2008). Our analysis is based upon a series of interviews with 25 Senior Managers from within the district. We document how the district has purposively begun to exploit its traditional strengths, with firms adopting new strategies, technologies and attitudes to governance (and collaboration) in response to exogenous challenges, thus raising the prospect of an ‘industrial renaissance’. The case demonstrates decline in old industrial regions is not inevitable and through ‘adaptation’, new trajectories are possible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-507
Number of pages19
JournalCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Volume7
Issue number3
Early online date22 Aug 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014

Keywords

  • industrial districts
  • evolutionary geography
  • cluster life cycles
  • adaptation
  • related variety
  • governance and ceramics
  • Sustainability

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