Originally published in 1977. This book provides the first concise non-technical account of what the main kinds of regional problems are, how they arise, and the kinds of policy which have been used to tackle them in the UK, USA and Western Europe. The book starts with a discussion of why "regional problems" really are situations which call for special action, followed by a short preliminary classification of problem regions (including those in the less developed countries), then on to a more detailed survey of the origins and experience of selected problem regions in the more developed market economies. The authors focus on four broad kinds of problem region; agricultural regions, coal mining regions, old textile regions, and so-called "congested" regions. They conclude with a selective survey of regional policies in these more advanced economies, distinguishing and comparing the main trends and the different national styles.
Preface 1. What are Regional Economic Problems? 2. Why do Regional Problems Exist? 3. Types of Problem Region 4. Agricultural Problem Regions 5. Coal-Mining Problem Regions 6. Depressed Manufacturing Regions 7. Agglomerations and Congestions Regions in Advanced Countries 8. Regional Policy