Handbook on Regional Economic Resilience


Handbook on Regional Economic Resilience

9781785360855 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78536 085 5 Extent: 320 pp
This Handbook provides a collection of high quality contributions on the state of the art in current debates around the concept of regional economic resilience. It provides critical contributions from leading authors in the field, and captures both key theoretical debates around the meaning of resilience, its conceptual framing and utility, as well as empirical interrogation of its key determinants in different international contexts.

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This timely Handbook addresses one of the most pertinent questions of the twenty-first century: why are some regions more economically resilient than others?

Contributors provide a state-of-the-art collection on the meaning of resilience when applied to regional economies, offering a range of methodological approaches and rich empirical analyses of regions around the world. Chapters feature in-depth examinations of regional resilience in such fields as policy practice, exports, economic shocks and supranational structural funds. Giving readers an insight into ways in which economic resilience is measured, this Handbook explores key theoretical debates and emerging pathways for the application of resilience in policy and practice.

Comprehensive and deeply informative, this Handbook is crucial to researchers working in economic geography and regional studies who require insight into the breadth of debate on regional economic resilience. Practitioners and policymakers working in regional economic development will also benefit from its broad empirical approach to resilience.

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‘As the concept of resilience becomes further entrenched into the academic and policy discourse around regional economic development, this edited volume provides a timely summary of the current state of the art. The book serves as an excellent entry point for scholars and policy makers wishing to understand the various conceptualizations, measurements, and evidence surrounding the concept of regional economic resilience as well as a wealth of ideas as to future developments in the field.’
– Andrew Johnston, Eurasian Geography and Economics

‘Resilience is now a significant concept that helps us explain why regions can weather economic shocks. This Handbook draws together a team of leading scholars, exploring the role and impact of shocks on the economic development trajectories of regions. It represents an excellent gateway for those seeking to understand the theories, measurement and analysis of regional economic resilience.’
– Robert Huggins, Cardiff University, UK
Contributors: P. Benczur, E. Beqiraj, G. Bristow, J. Courvisanos, M. Cowell, G. Di Bartolomeo, P. di Caro, M. Di Pietro, D. Diodato, E. Evenhuis, R. Hassink, A. Healy, X. Hu, A. Jain, E. Joossens, T. Kitsos, A.R. Manca, K.K. Mardaneh, R. Martin, B. Menyhert, N. Pontarollo, Y. Psycharis, C. Serpieri, P. Sunley, V. Tselios, M. Tsiapa, J. Vincente, A. Weterings, S. Zec

1 Introduction to the Handbook on Regional Economic Resilience 1
Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy

2 Regional economic resilience: evolution and evaluation 10
Ron Martin and Peter Sunley
3 Regional resilience: an agency perspective 36
Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy
4 Adaptation, adaptability and regional economic resilience: a conceptual
framework 54
Xiaohui Hu and Robert Hassink
5 New directions in researching regional economic resilience and adaptation 69
Emil Evenhuis

6 Quo vadis resilience? Measurement and policy challenges: using the case of
Italy 88
Paolo di Caro
7 Ranking regional economic resilience in the EU 103
Nicola Pontarollo and Carolina Serpieri
8 A guide to patterns of regional economic resilience 126
Karim K. Mardaneh, Ameeta Jain and Jerry Courvisanos
9 Building a policy relevant resilience measure: beyond the economic
perspective 143
Peter Benczur, Elisabeth Joossens, Anna Rita Manca, Balint Menyhert and
Slavica Zec
10 Putting adaptive resilience to work: measuring regional re-orientation using
a matching model 171
Dario Diodato and Anet Weterings
11 Economic resilience in Great Britain: an empirical analysis at the local
authority district level 190
Tasos Kitsos

12 Unravelling the driving forces of networks on regional resilience capabilities 209
Jérôme Vicente
13 Exports and regional resilience: evidence from Greece 226
Yannis Psycharis, Maria Tsiapa and Vassilis Tselios
14 Resilience in regional business cycles across the Benelux 242
Elton Beqiraj, Giovanni Di Bartolomeo, Marco Di Pietro and Carolina Serpieri
15 Interpreting and defining economic resilience: regional resilience in policy
practice 263
Margaret Cowell
16 Supranational policy and economic shocks: the role of the EU’s structural
funds in the economic resilience of regions 280
Adrian Healy and Gillian Bristow
17 Conclusions and reflections 299
Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy

Index 303
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