1st Edition

The Regional World
Territorial Development in a Global Economy

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ISBN 9781572303157
Published December 23, 1997 by Guilford Press
338 Pages

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Book Description

This volume proposes a theory of how regions have sustained their economic viability in the era of multinational corporations. Rather than analyzing economic systems in terms of their mechanics such as inputs, outputs, prices and technology, this work views them as systems for co-ordinating human actions and relationships. Reconceptualizing the role of learning, technology and local institutions in development, Storper highlights the key role of regional economics as building blocks of the increasingly connected world.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Regions as Relations and Conventions.  The Resurgence of Regional Economies, Ten Years Later.  Regional Economies as Relational Assets.  Part 2. Evolution and Territorial Development.  The Evolution of Regional Specificities.  Crossing Industrial Divides in a Region.  Part 3. Products, Technologies, and Territories.  Innovation as Collective Action: Conventions, Products, Technologies, and Territories.  Regional Worlds of Production: Conventions of Learning and Innovation in the Technology Districts of France, Italy, and the United States.  Part 4. Globalization and Territorial Specificity.  Territories, Flows, and Hierarchies in the Clobal Economy.  he Limits to Globalization: Technology Districts and International Trade.  The World of the City: Local Relations in a Global Economy.  Part 5. Regional Institutions, Territorial Orders.  Institutions of the Learning Economy.  Conclusion: Technology, Firm Strategies, and Territorial Order.

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"A path-breaking book written by one of our most prominent economic geographers. It offers a novel and compelling theorization of why regions continue to matter in a global age." - Ash Amin, University of Durham, UK