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Regional Economic Development and History

1st Edition

Edited by Marijn Molema, Sara Svensson


212 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-11-08
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Regional Studies is inextricably intertwined with history. Cultural and institutional legacies inform choices between different policy options, meaning that the past plays a crucial role in how we think about regional economic development, planning and policy.

Through a selection of accessible theoretical, methodological and empirical chapters, this book explores the connections between regional development and history. Drawing on the expertise of scholars in several disciplines, it links history to topics such as behavioural geography, interdependence, divergence and regional and urban policy.

This innovative book will be of interest to researchers across regional studies, planning, economic geography and economic history.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Regional Development between the Humanities and the Social Sciences Sara Svensson & Marijn Molema

Part I: Theoretical Approaches

2. Connections between History and Regional Studies Marijn Molema & John Tomaney

3. Links between History and Evolutionary Economic Geography Ron Martin, Peter Sunley & Emil Evenhuis

4. Behavioural Geography and Regional Economic History: Agency, Culture and Psychology Robert Huggins & Piers Thompson

Part II: Methodological Explorations

5. Interdependence as Opportunity: Exploring Transfers Between Sub-National Level Regions Martin Aberg & Thomas Denk

6. Historical Roots of Regional Divergence: Regional GDP Anna Missiaia & Kerstin Enflo

7. An Interdisciplinary Approach on Persistent Effects of Polish Partitions on Educational Achievements Justyna Koscinska & Michael Herbst

Part III: Case Studies

8. The Formation and Growth of the São Paulo Auto-Industry Cluster Tomas Fernandez-de-Sevilla & Joao Armando dalla Costa

9. A Comparison of Regional Policy Traditions in Europe and America Kevin Cox

10. Policy Learning in South-Asian Transnational City Networks Annisa Wiharani

11. Conclusion: Towards a Multidisciplinary Research Agenda Marijn Molema & Sara Svensson

About the Editors

Marijn Molema is a historian of the 19th and 20th centuries at the Fryske Akademy, a research institute in the city of Leeuwarden of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Sara Svensson is a political scientist specializing in regional collaboration across national borders. She is Senior Lecturer at Halmstad University in Sweden and Research Fellow at the Center for Policy Studies at Central European University in Budapest (Hungary).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies