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Transitions in Regional Economic Development

1st Edition

Edited by Ivan Turok, David Bailey, Jennifer Clark, Jun Du, Ugo Fratesi, Michael Fritsch, John Harrison, Tom Kemeny, Dieter Kogler, Arnoud Lagendijk, Tomasz Mickiewicz, Ernest Miguelez, Stefano Usai, Fiona Wishlade


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At a time of extraordinary challenges confronting the world, this book analyses some of the profound changes occurring in the development of cities and regions. It discusses the uncertainties associated with the stalling of hyper-globalization and asks whether this creates opportunities for resurgent regional economies driven by local capabilities, resource efficiencies and domestic production. Theory and evidence on socio-economic and environmental transitions underway in many regions are brought together. Implications of the shifting balance of global power towards emerging economies in the East are explored, along with the consequences of urbanization in the global South for politics and democracy. Dilemmas surrounding migration are also discussed, including whether incomers displace local workers and depress wages, or bring benefits in the form of know-how, new technology and investment. More integrative concepts of the region and theories of regional development are analysed, recognising the role of human capital, knowledge, innovation, finance, infrastructure and institutions. This was originally published as a special issue of Regional Studies.

Table of Contents

Global reversal, regional revival?

Ivan Turok, David Bailey, Jennifer Clark, Jun Du, Ugo Fratesi, Michael Fritsch, John Harrison, Tom Kemeny, Dieter Kogler, Arnoud Lagendijk, Tomasz Mickiewicz, Ernest Miguelez, Stefano Usai and Fiona Wishlade

Contesting European regions

Michael Keating

Foregrounding the region

Anssi Paasi and Jonathan Metzger

Towards a theory of regional diversification: combining insights from Evolutionary Economic Geography and Transition Studies

Ron Boschma, Lars Coenen, Koen Frenken and Bernhard Truffer

Shifting horizons in local and regional development

Andy Pike, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and John Tomaney

Transforming cities: does urbanization promote democratic change?

Edward L. Glaeser and Bryce Millett Steinberg

Uneven and combined development

Michael Dunford and Weidong Liu

The city as innovation machine

Richard Florida, Patrick Adler and Charlotta Mellander

Global investments and regional development trajectories: the missing links

Riccardo Crescenzi and Simona Iammarino

Geographical linkages in the financial services industry: a dialogue with organizational studies

Eric Knight and Dariusz Wójcik

The interregional migration of human capital and its regional consequences: a review

Alessandra Faggian, Isha Rajbhandari and Kathryn R. Dotzel

Can transport infrastructure change regions’ economic fortunes? Some evidence from Europe and China

Chia-Lin Chen and Roger Vickerman

Future green economies and regional development: a research agenda

David Gibbs and Kirstie O’Neill

Analysing the regional geography of poverty, austerity and inequality in Europe: a human cartographic perspective

Dimitris Ballas, Danny Dorling and Benjamin Hennig

About the Editors

Ivan Turok is Executive Director, Economic Performance and Development Unit, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa; Honorary Professor, Universities of Cape Town and Glasgow

David Bailey is Professor of Industrial Strategy, Economics & Strategy Group, Aston University, UK

Jennifer Clark isAssociate Professor of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Jun Du is Professor of Economics, Economics & Strategy Group, Aston Business School, Aston University, UK

Ugo Fratesi is Associate Professor of Regional Economics, Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Michael Fritsch is Professor of Economics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

John Harrison isReader in Human Geography, Department of Geography, Loughborough University, UK

Tom Kemeny is Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Southampton, UK

Dieter Kogler is Lecturer in Economic Geography, University College Dublin, Ireland

Arnoud Lagendijk is Professor of Economic Geography, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Tomasz Mickiewicz is Professor of Economics, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Ernest Miguelez is Junior Researcher, CNRS, GREThA-University of Bordeaux, France

Stefano Usai is Director, Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENoS), University of Cagliari, Italy

Fiona Wishlade is Director, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Scotland

About the Series

Regions and Cities

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.

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Joan Fitzgerald – – Series Editor-in-Chief, or

Natalie Tomlinson – – Routledge Commissioning Editor


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