The urban and regional impacts of plant closures: new methods and perspectives

Andrew Beer, Sally Weller, Tom Barnes, Ilke Onur, Julie Ratcliffe, David Bailey, Markku Sotarauta

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Work on large-scale plant closures has provided a rich vein of scholarship and academic debate. This paper articulates a new set of methods and concepts for understanding how large-scale redundancies associated with the closure of manufacturing plants affects society and the economy at the local, regional and national scales. It posits the need for a more comprehensive exercise in data collection and experimentation with previously unused methods, including the application of discrete-choice experiments in order to understand better the choice and decision-making frameworks adopted by affected workers. The paper argues there is a need to integrate community-wide policy responses into the core of the analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-394
Number of pages15
JournalRegional Studies, Regional Science
Issue number1
Early online date14 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

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This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. © 2019 The Authors. Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • mass redundancies
  • place leadership
  • plant closures
  • precariousness
  • structural adjustment programmes


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