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Regional Competitiveness

1st Edition

Edited by Ron Martin, Michael Kitson, Peter Tyler


176 pages

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There is now a wide spread interest in regions as a key focus in the organization and governance of economic growth and wealth creation. This important book considers the factors that influence and shape the competitive performance of regions.

This is not just an issue of academic interest and debate, but also of increasing policy deliberation and action. However, as the readings in this book make clear, the very idea of regional competitiveness is itself complex and contentious. Many academics and policy makers have used the concept without fully considering what is meant by the term and how it can be measured. Policy formulation has tended to rush ahead of understanding and analysis, and the purpose of this book is to close this important gap in understanding.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Regional Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Regional Competitiveness: An Elusive Yet Key Concept? 2. The Economic Performance of Regions 3. The Competitiveness of Regions from an Evolutionary Perspective 4. A Conceptual Framework for Regional Competitiveness 5. Competition, Collaboration and Cooperation: An Uneasy Triangle in Networks of Firms and Regions 6. Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Growth Across the European Regions 7. Cities, Regions and Competitiveness 8. Globalization and Competitive Strategy in Europe’s Vulnerable Regions: Firm, Industry and Country Effects in Labour-Intensive Industries 9. Jockeying for Position: What it Means and Why it Matters to Regional Development Policy when Places Compete

About the Series

Regions and Cities

In today’s globalised, knowledge-driven and networked world, regions and cities have assumed heightened significance as the interconnected nodes of economic, social and cultural production, and as sites of new modes of economic governance and policy experimentation. This book series brings together incisive and critically engaged international and interdisciplinary research on this resurgence of regions and cities, and should be of interest to geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and cultural scholars, as well as to policy-makers involved in regional and urban development.

If you would like to discuss a potential new book for the series, please contact:

Joan Fitzgerald – – Series Editor-in-Chief, or

Natalie Tomlinson – – Routledge Commissioning Editor

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography