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Regions and Cities

About the Series

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 – [email protected] – Series Editor-in-Chief, or

Kristina Abbotts – [email protected] – Routledge Commissioning Editor

The Regions and Cities book series welcomes Open Access projects. Please contact Kristina Abbotts or visit for more details.

About the Regional Studies Association (RSA)

The Regions and Cities Book Series is a series of the Regional Studies Association (RSA). The RSA is a global and interdisciplinary network for regional and urban research, policy and development. The RSA is a registered not-for-profit organisation, a learned society and membership body that aims to advance regional studies and science. The RSA’s publishing portfolio includes five academic journals, two book series, a Blog and an online magazine. For more information on the Regional Studies Association, visit


Did you know that as a Regional Studies Association member you’re entitled to a 30% discount on all Routledge books? To order, simply email Luke McNicholas ([email protected]), or phone on +44 (0) 20 701 77545 and declare your RSA membership.

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Regional Competitiveness

Regional Competitiveness

1st Edition

Edited By Ron Martin, Michael Kitson, Peter Tyler
September 12, 2011

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 ...

The Determinants of Small Firm Growth An Inter-Regional Study in the United Kingdom 1986-90

The Determinants of Small Firm Growth: An Inter-Regional Study in the United Kingdom 1986-90

1st Edition

By Richard Barkham, Graham Gudgin, Mark Hart, Eric Hanvey
September 13, 2002

One of the most striking trends in economic development since the 1970s has been the rising importance of the small firm. Focusing on the issues of enterprise development and the regional dimensions of small-firm growth, this book explores the literature of this area. Moving from an analysis of ...

The Regional Dimension of Transformation in Central Europe

The Regional Dimension of Transformation in Central Europe

1st Edition

By Grzegorz Gorzelak
September 13, 2002

Providing a new picture of the socio-economic map of central Europe after several years of transformation, and focusing in particular on Poland, this book gives an account of the major problems of regional restructuring. The author identifies the opportunities and problems faced by particular ...

The Rise of the English Regions?

The Rise of the English Regions?

1st Edition

Edited By Irene Hardill, Paul Benneworth, Mark Baker, Leslie Budd
July 11, 2012

This book analyzes devolution as it affects the English Regions, working from the perspective of uneven development, and drawing on the rich tradition of regional geography. Currently, London is the power centre ruling over the other English regions. The first part of the book looks at how this ...

Controversies in Local Economic Development Stories, strategies, solutions

Controversies in Local Economic Development: Stories, strategies, solutions

1st Edition

By Martin Perry
April 10, 2012

Efforts to promote the economic development of individual localities engage the attention of academics, students and professionals. Many such analysts argue that competitive advantage can be fostered within local economies, complimenting the advent of a more globalised economy. Intensified efforts ...

Business Networks in Clusters and Industrial Districts The Governance of the Global Value Chain

Business Networks in Clusters and Industrial Districts: The Governance of the Global Value Chain

1st Edition

Edited By Fiorenza Belussi, Alessia Sammarra
March 29, 2012

During the 1980s the Marshallian concept of industrial district (ID) became widely popular due to the resurgence of interest in the reasons that make the agglomeration of specialised industries a territorial phenomenon worth being analysed. The analysis of clusters and IDs has often been limited, ...

Creative Regions Technology, Culture and Knowledge Entrepreneurship

Creative Regions: Technology, Culture and Knowledge Entrepreneurship

1st Edition

Edited By Philip Cooke, Dafna Schwartz
March 13, 2012

This unique book focuses on regional creativity, analysing the different factors that can affect creativity and innovation process within regions in the knowledge economy. Approaching creativity from technological, organizational and regional viewpoints, it attempts to break down the influence of ...

China and Europe The Implications of the Rise of China for European Space

China and Europe: The Implications of the Rise of China for European Space

1st Edition

Edited By Klaus Kunzmann, Willy A Schmid, Martina Koll-Schretzenmayr
December 15, 2011

What are the likely long-term implications of this shift to Asia for the cities and regions of Europe? To just ‘wait and see’ cannot be the response, nor the hope that the attractiveness of Asia will diminish over time and that the economic growth will slow down. Will Europe be able to retain its ...

Clusters and Regional Development Critical Reflections and Explorations

Clusters and Regional Development: Critical Reflections and Explorations

1st Edition

Edited By Bjorn Asheim, Philip Cooke, Ron Martin
February 02, 2010

Using international examples, leading scholars present the first critical analysis of cluster theory, assessing the cluster notion and drawing out, not only its undoubted strengths and attractions, but also its weaknesses and limitations. Over the past decade the ‘cluster model’ has been seized on ...

Devolution, Regionalism and Regional Development The UK Experience

Devolution, Regionalism and Regional Development: The UK Experience

1st Edition

Edited By Jonathan Bradbury
December 21, 2009

Devolution, Regionalism and Regional Development provides an overview and critical perspective on the impact of devolution on regionalism in the UK since 1999, taking a research-based look at issues central to the development of regionalism: politics, governance and planning. This ...

Regional Development in the Knowledge Economy

Regional Development in the Knowledge Economy

1st Edition

Edited By Philip Cooke, Andrea Piccaluga
December 21, 2009

International contributors provide the first examination of the growing subject of regional knowledge-economy development. Illustrated by data and 'stylized' accounts, the international contributors chart the evolution of knowledge economies, questioning the way in which they work and criticize ...

Geographies of the New Economy Critical Reflections

Geographies of the New Economy: Critical Reflections

1st Edition

Edited By Peter W. Daniels, Andrew Leyshon, Michael J. Bradshaw, Jonathan Beaverstock
February 18, 2009

What is the 'new economy'? Where is it? How does it differ from the 'old economy'? How does the 'new economy' relate to issues such as the nature of work, social inclusion and exclusion? Geographies of the New Economy explores the meaning of the 'new economy' at the global scale from the ...

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