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Regional Development and Proximity Relations
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Regional Development and Proximity Relations

9781781002889 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by André Torre, University of Paris-Saclay, INRAE and Frédéric Wallet, INRA – Agroparistech, Paris, France
Publication Date: 2014 ISBN: 978 1 78100 288 9 Extent: 392 pp
The notion of proximity is increasing in popularity in economic and geographic literature, and is now commonly used by scholars in regional science and spatial economics. Few academic works, however, have explored the link between regional development and proximity relations. This comprehensive book redresses the balance with its assessment of the role of, and obstacles caused by, proximity relations in regional development processes.

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The notion of proximity is increasing in popularity in economic and geographic literature, and is now commonly used by scholars in regional science and spatial economics. Few academic works, however, have explored the link between regional development and proximity relations. This comprehensive book redresses the balance with its assessment of the role of, and obstacles caused by, proximity relations in regional development processes.

The expert contributors illustrate that the value of integrating proximity into the regional development analysis framework is due its plasticity and ability to draw connections between spatial, economic and social dimensions. Possible changes for regional and territorial policies are also an outcome of this integration. These areas are addressed via four main paradigms:

• Proximity and regional development
• Spatial innovation processes
• Networks and proximity relations
• Place-based strategies and proximity relations.

Students, academics, researchers and regional development practitioners with an interest in regional proximity will find this highly original book to be an illuminating read.
Critical Acclaim
‘Proximity is a concept increasingly used in the international literature on clusters, knowledge transfers and innovation, as well as in the policies that support these processes. In Regional Development and Proximity Relations, André Torre and Frédéric Wallet have collected contributions from some of the world’s leading regional scientists to highlight these topics. They have done a good job.’
– Hans Westlund, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

‘Over the past decades, proximity has become a leading paradigm in economic geography and beyond. This landmark book marks the latest developments in proximity research, bringing together the leading scholars in the field.’
– Koen Frenken, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributors
Contributors: A. Bailly, P.A. Balland, H. Bathelt, R. Boschma, O. Bouba-Olga, R. Camagni, R. Capello, P. Cooke, T. Dogaru, M. Ferru, R.D. Fitjar, R. Gibson, M. Grossetti, P. Nijkamp, F. van Oort, A. Rodriguez-Pose, R.J. Stimson, M. Thissen, E. Tranos, A. Torre, F. Wallet, M. de Vaan
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Contents:

Preface

Introduction: The Role of Proximity Relations in Regional and Territorial Development Processes
André Torre and Fred Wallet

PART I: PROXIMITY AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT: MAIN DEBATES AND CONCEPTUAL PERSPECTIVES
1. Proximity and Endogenous Regional Development
Robert J. Stimson

2. Proximity Relations at the Heart of Territorial Development Processes. From Clusters, Spatial Conflicts and Temporary Geographical Proximity to Territorial Governance
André Torre

3. Relatedness and Transversality in Spatial Paradigms and Regimes
Phil Cooke

PART II: THE ROLE OF PROXIMITY IN SPATIAL INNOVATION PROCESSES
4. Proximity and Regional Innovation Process: Is There Space for New Reflections?
Roberta Capello

5. When Local Interaction Does Not Suffice: Sources of Firm Innovation in Urban Norway
Rune Dahl Fitjar and Andres Rodriguez-Pose

6. How I Met My Partner. Reconsidering Proximities
Olivier Bouba-Olga, Michel Grossetti and Marie Ferru

PART III: NETWORKS AND PROXIMITY RELATIONS
7. The Formation of Economic Networks: A Proximity Approach
Ron Boschma, Pierre Alexandre Balland and Mathijs de Vaan

8. Digital Infrastructure and Physical Proximity
Peter Nijkamp and Emmanouil Tranos

9. Proximity Relations and Global Knowledge Flows: Specialization and Diffusion Processes across Capitalist Varieties
Rachael Gibson and Harald Bathelt

PART IV: PLACE-BASED STRATEGIES AND PROXIMITY RELATIONS
10. The Regional Policy Debate: A Territorial, Place-based and Proximity Approach
Roberto Camagni

11. Economic Development, Place-based Development Strategies and the Conceptualization of Proximity in European Urban Regions
Teodora Dogaru, Frank van Oort and Mark Thissen

PART V: CONCLUSIONS
12. A Challenging Book: Regional Development and Proximity Relations
Antoine Bailly

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