Shocks, resilience and regional industry policy: Brexit and the automotive sector in two Midlands Regions

Bailey, David and de Ruyter, A. and Hearne, David and Ortega-Argilés, Raquel (2022) Shocks, resilience and regional industry policy: Brexit and the automotive sector in two Midlands Regions. Regional Studies. ISSN 0034-3404

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This article draws upon novel survey evidence to examine possible regional impacts of Brexit as a “disruptive process” to manufacturing operations and logistics in the automotive industry, in the context of the regional resilience literature. The current Brexit (and Covid-19) context, along with the sector’s need to re-orientate towards electrification provides renewed urgency to reconsider industrial policy in spatial terms. The findings have salience not only in the context of anticipating and reacting to Brexit-induced economic shocks at a regional level, but also over the role of decentralised regional bodies. In this regard, the UK government’s agenda of ‘levelling up’ will be challenging, especially in the context of the place-based shocks likely to arise from Brexit as well as the impact of Covid-19. The article concludes that a more place-based regional industrial policy is required both to anticipate and respond to shocks and also to reposition the sector in the region going forward.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
14 March 2022Accepted
8 June 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brexit, resilience, automotive, value chains, devolution
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-03 - politics > CAH15-03-01 - politics
Divisions: Research, Innovation, Enterprise > Centre for Brexit Studies
Depositing User: Alex De Ruyter
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2022 10:42
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2022 10:23

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