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Handbook of Regions and Competitiveness

Contemporary Theories and Perspectives on Economic Development Edited by Robert Huggins, Professor of Economic Geography and Director, Centre for Economic Geography, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University and Piers Thompson, Reader in Economics, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK
The aim of this Handbook is to take stock of regional competitiveness and complementary concepts as a means of presenting a state-of-the-art discussion of the contemporary theories, perspectives and empirical explanations that help make sense of the determinants of uneven development across regions. Drawing on an international field of leading scholars, the book is assembled and organized so that readers can first learn about the theoretical underpinnings of regional competitiveness and development theory, before moving on to deeper discussions of key factors and principal elements, the emergence of allied concepts, empirical applications, and the policy context.
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78347 500 1
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The field of regional development is subject to an ever-increasing multiplicity of concepts and theories seeking to explain uneven competitiveness. In particular, economic geographers and spatial economists have rapidly developed the theoretical tools by which to approach such analyses. The aim of this Handbook is to take stock of regional competitiveness and complementary concepts as a means of presenting a state-of-the-art discussion of the advanced theories, perspectives and empirical explanations that help make sense of the determinants of uneven development across regions.

Drawing on an international field of leading scholars, the book is assembled and organized so that readers can first learn of the theoretical underpinnings of regional competitiveness and development theory, before moving on to deeper discussions of key factors and principal elements, the emergence of allied concepts, empirical applications, and the policy context. International in its scope, including global empirical analysis, the book is a definitive resource in terms of providing access to some of the seminal research and thinking on regional competitiveness.

This contemporary Handbook is an ideal reference for students and academics in the fields of economic geography and spatial economics. It will also appeal to policymakers and other stakeholders involved in regional economic development.
‘This book helps us better understand the geography of economic competitiveness. With contributions from an international cast of leading scholars, it shows what works and what doesn’t and what it means for efforts to improve the competitiveness of regions and nations.’
– Richard Florida, University of Toronto, Canada
Contributors: K. Aiginger, P. Annoni, M.J. Aranguren, D. Audretsch, P.-A. Balland, R. Boschma, R. Camagni, R. Cellini, J. Crespo, P. Di Caro, L. Dijkstra, J. Fagerberg, M. Firgo, U. Fratesi, R. Harris, R. Huggins, J. Jansson, C. Ketels, I. Lengyel, E. Magro, E.J. Malecki, A. Mamtora, R. Martin, P. McCann, H. Menendez, P. Ni, R. Ortega-Argilés, I. Periáñez, A. Richardson, A. Rodríguez-Pose, L. Saez, J. Shen, M. Srholec, M. Storper, P. Sunley, M. Thissen, P. Thompson, G. Torrisi, I. Turok, F. van Oort, Y. Wang, A. Waxell, C. Wilkie, J.R. Wilson
Contents:

1. Introducing Regional Competitiveness and Development: Contemporary Theories and Perspectives
Robert Huggins and Piers Thompson

PART I REGIONAL COMPETITIVENESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH
2. Explaining Regional Growth and Change
Michael Storper

3. Measuring and Monitoring Regional Competitiveness in the European Union
Paola Annoni and Lewis Dijkstra

4. Regional Competitiveness and Economic Growth: The Evolution of Explanatory Models
Richard Harris

5. Explaining Regional Economic Performance: The Role of Competitiveness, Specialization and Capabilities
Jan Fagerberg and Martin Srholec

6. Economic Competitiveness and Regional Development Dynamics
Edward J. Malecki

PART II THE PRINCIPAL ELEMENTS OF REGIONAL COMPETITIVENESS
7. Regional Competitiveness: Connecting an Old Concept With New Goals
Karl Aiginger and Matthias Firgo

8. Regional Economic Competition and Place-Based Policies
Frank Van Oort and Mark Thissen

9. The Dynamics of Regional Competitiveness
Ugo Fratesi

10. Territorial Capital, Competitiveness and Regional Development
Roberto Camagni

11. A Network Theory of Regional Competitiveness: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Growth
Robert Huggins and Piers Thompson

PART III REGIONAL COMPETITIVENESS, RESILIENCE AND QUALITY
12. Resilience, Networks and Competitiveness: A Conceptual Framework
Joan Crespo, Ron Boschma and Pierre-Alexandre Balland

13. Competitiveness and Regional Economic Resilience
Ron Martin and Peter Sunley

14. Regional Resilience in Italy: Do Employment and Income Tell the Same Story?
Roberto Cellini, Paolo Di Caro and GianpieroTorrisi

15. Quality and Space: A Framework for Quality-Based Regional Competitiveness
Johan Jansson and Anders Waxell

PART IV COMPETITIVENESS AND EMERGING REGIONS
16. Innovation and Competitiveness in the Periphery of Europe
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Callum Wilkie

17. Urban Land, Infrastructure and Competitiveness in the Global South
Ivan Turok

18. Competitive and Uncompetitive Regions in Transition Economies: The Case of the Visegrad Post-Socialist Countries
Imre Lengyel

PART V URBAN REGIONS AND CITY COMPETITIVENESS
19. Urban Sustainable Competitiveness: A Comparative Analysis of 500 Cities Around The World
Pengfei Ni and Yufei Wang

20. Competition and Cooperation in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Region
Jianfa Shen

21. Measuring Urban Competitiveness In Europe
Lucía Sáez and Iñaki Periáñez

PART VI REGIONAL COMPETITIVENESS STRATEGIES AND POLICY
22. Upgrading Regional Competitiveness: What Role for Regional Governments?
Christian Ketels

23. The Strategic Management of Places and Regional Competitiveness
David Audretsch, Hugo Menendez, Aileen Richardson and Apexa Mamtora

24. Regional Competitiveness, Policy Transfer and Smart Specialization
Philip Mccann and Raquel Ortega-Argilés

25. Regional Competitiveness Policy in an Era of Smart Specialization Strategies
Mari José Aranguren, Edurne Magro and James R. Wilson

Index