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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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Social Exclusion in European Cities Processes, Experiences and Responses

Social Exclusion in European Cities: Processes, Experiences and Responses

1st Edition

Edited By Judith Allen, Goran Cars, Ali Madanipour
September 20, 2002

Across Europe concern is rising over the disintegration of social relations and the growing number of people who are being socially excluded. social Exclustoin in European Cities, the first major study of this topic, provides a definition of social exclusion and looks at both the processes which ...

EU Cohesion Policy Reassessing performance and direction

EU Cohesion Policy: Reassessing performance and direction

1st Edition

Edited By John Bachtler, Peter Berkowitz, Sally Hardy, Tatjana Muravska
November 14, 2016

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license. This book brings together academics, members of European institutions, and regional ...

Innovation, Regional Development and the Life Sciences Beyond clusters

Innovation, Regional Development and the Life Sciences: Beyond clusters

1st Edition

By Kean Birch
August 29, 2016

The life sciences is an industrial sector that covers the development of biological products and the use of biological processes in the production of goods, services and energy. This sector is frequently presented as a major opportunity for policy-makers to upgrade and renew regional economies, ...

Rethinking International Skilled Migration

Rethinking International Skilled Migration

1st Edition

Edited By Micheline van Riemsdijk, Qingfang Wang
October 13, 2016

In today’s global knowledge economy, competition for the best and brightest workers has intensified. Highly skilled workers are an asset to companies, knowledge institutions, cities, and regions as they contribute to knowledge creation, innovation, and economic growth and development. Skilled ...

The EU's New Borderland Cross-border relations and regional development

The EU's New Borderland: Cross-border relations and regional development

1st Edition

By Andrzej Jakubowski, Andrzej Miszczuk, Bogdan Kawałko, Tomasz Komornicki, Roman Szul
October 10, 2016

The strengthening of relations between Poland and Ukraine over the last 25 years is one of the most positive examples of transformations in bilateral relations in Central and Eastern Europe. In spite of the complex and difficult historical heritage dominated by the events of the World War II and ...

Governing Smart Specialisation

Governing Smart Specialisation

1st Edition

Edited By Dimitrios Kyriakou, Manuel Palazuelos Martínez, Inmaculada Periáñez-Forte, Alessandro Rainoldi
September 20, 2016

In recent years, smart specialisation has been a key building block of regional economic and development policy across the European Union. Providing targeted support for innovation and research, it has helped identify those areas of greatest strategic potential, developing mechanisms to involve the...

Sustainable Cities

Sustainable Cities

1st Edition

By Graham Haughton, Colin Hunter
April 10, 2003

Sustainable Cities simultaneously tackles two issues of immediate public concern which also find themselves high on the policy agenda: sustainable environmental development and urban development. The themes of the book - the bringing together of the insights of environmental science, the social ...

Unfolding Cluster Evolution

Unfolding Cluster Evolution

1st Edition

Edited By Fiorenza Belussi, Jose Luis Hervás-Oliver
August 29, 2016

Various theories have been put forward as to why business and industry develops in clusters and despite good work being carried out on path dependence and dynamics, this is still very much an emerging topic in the social sciences. To date, no overarching theoretical framework has been developed to ...

The Global Competitiveness of Regions

The Global Competitiveness of Regions

1st Edition

By Robert Huggins, Hiro Izushi, Daniel Prokop, Piers Thompson
August 12, 2016

The aim of this book is to consider theoretically the notion of the global competitiveness of regions, as well as giving attention as to how such competitiveness may be empirically measured. With this in mind, the book has three specific objectives: first, to place the concept of regional ...

Transformation of Resource Towns and Peripheries Political economy perspectives

Transformation of Resource Towns and Peripheries: Political economy perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Greg Halseth
July 11, 2016

Most developed economies, including single-industry and resource dependent rural or small town regions, are transforming rapidly as a result of social, political, and economic change. Collectively, they face a number of challenges as well as new opportunities. This international collaboration ...

Approaches to Economic Geography Towards a geographical political economy

Approaches to Economic Geography: Towards a geographical political economy

1st Edition

By Ray Hudson
June 21, 2016

The last four decades have seen major changes in the global economy, with the collapse of communism and the spread of capitalism into parts of the world from which it had previously been excluded. Beginning with a grounding in Marxian political economy, this book explores a range of new ideas as to...

Cities, State and Globalisation City-Regional Governance in Europe and North America

Cities, State and Globalisation: City-Regional Governance in Europe and North America

1st Edition

By Tassilo Herrschel
June 17, 2016

This book investigates the ways in which city regions view themselves as single entities, how they are governed, what is meant by ‘governance’, why the question of city-regional governance matters, and the extent to which the balance between internal and external factors is important for finding ...

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