Through an engagement with current conceptual and policy debates where austerity ‘blows out’ across Europe, it is observed that austerian politics may be pushing partnership bodies too far, thus risking the danger of overburdening and under-resourcing the very distributed leadership mechanisms that are expected to reconcile local economic crises and stimulate local growth. This paper also contributes to the literature on dispersed public leadership, which runs counter to traditional command and control leadership constructs.
This paper is updated and adapted from the paper by Pugalis and Townsend, ‘Trends in place-based economic strategies: England’s fixation with ‘fleet-of-foot’ partnerships’, published in Local Economy, 28(7–8), 693–714.
Pugalis, L., Townsend, A. and Johnston, L. (2014), "Pushing it! Austerity Urbanism and Dispersed Leadership through ‘Fleet-of-Foot’ Mechanisms in Times of Crisis", European Public Leadership in Crisis? (Critical Perspectives on International Public Sector Management, Vol. 3), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2045-794420140000003001Download as .RIS
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