New Regionalism, promoted as a new paradigm of development by the OECD, suggests that globalization is bringing together new technologies, management, employees and communities to form new patterns of local governance. However, despite the growing influence of New Regionalism in regional development policy in the West, and increasingly in Australia, there has been little debate about the relevance and application of these ideas in Australia. Bringing together contributions from academics, practitioners and policy makers, this book redresses this imbalance by examining the theoretical and empirical foundations of this powerful and growing school of thought, locating the debate firmly in the Australian context. With an opening chapter by Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University), who has been at the heart of the New Regionalism debate, the book provides important insights into the theory and practice of New Regionalism in this vibrant region.
Contents: Introduction: The knowledge economy, new regionalism and the re-emergence of regions, Al Rainnie and Julie Grant. New Regionalism in Theory and Practice: Sustainable regions: governance, innovation and sustainability, Kevin Morgan; Institutions, institutional behaviours and the Australian regional economic landscape, Phillip O'Neill. The New Economy?: Regional call centres: new economy, new work and sustainable regional development?, John Burgess, Jayne Drinkwater and Julia Connel; Cooperative research centres and industrial clusters: implications for Australian biotechnology strategies, Alan Howgrave-Graham and Peter Galvin; Symbolic analysts in the new economy? call centres in less favoured regions, Alison Dean and Al Rainnie. A New Governance?: 'Growing Victoria Together': the challenges of integrating social, economic and environmental policy directions at State and regional levels, John Wiseman; Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group - from adversity to action: learning to collaborate at all levels, Andrew Eastick and Tony O'Malley; Closing the gap between government and community, Jan Lowe and Evan Hill; Communities, regions, states: accountabilities and contradictions, Margaret Lynn. A New Industrial Relations?: The New Regionalism and employment relations in Australia, Susan McGrath-Champ; What about the workers? Labour and the making of regions, Bradon Ellem. The Local Response: The regional export extension service: a local response to global challenges, Bridget Kearins; Beyond social capital: contributions of subjective indicators from within communities, Helen Sheil; Choosing Noosa's future: involving the community in local governance, Ellen Vasiliauskas, Rae Norris, Anne Kennedy, Angela Bryan and Harold Richins; Local versus State-driven production of 'The Region'. Regional tourism policy in the Hunter, New South Wales, Australia, Dianne Dredge; Index.