Uneven regional development : the European Union and its new member states /
Andreas Lange.
Münster : LIT ; New Brunswick : Distributed in North America by Transaction Publishers, 2004.
xiv, 134 p. ; 21 cm.
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Münster : LIT ; New Brunswick : Distributed in North America by Transaction Publishers, 2004.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 117-134).
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Many regions will join the EU after eastern enlargement with incomes far below the EU average. This book attempts to show that the catching-up of these regions to the EU average income cannot be achieved by market forces alone. Rather, successful regional development is a complex process involving actors and institutions on the regional, national, and international level. Thus, regional growth will not only depend on the governance capacities of regions, but also on institutional frameworks set by the nation state and the EU as well as investment decisions of multinational enterprises. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementp. xiii
Introduction: Uneven Regional Development in Europep. 1
Regional Disparities: Sorting Out Some Theoretical and Empirical Issuesp. 5
The 'New Regionalism' and the Nation Statep. 7
The Notion of Uneven Regional Developmentp. 10
Definition of the Region and Theoretical Concepts in Retrospectp. 10
Definitions of Uneven Developmentp. 12
Trends in National and Regional Disparitiesp. 15
The EU-15p. 15
The New Member Statesp. 19
Conclusionsp. 24
Economic Theory and Economic Growth: Sorting Out Some Methodological Issuesp. 27
Epistemological and Ontological Foundations of Economic Growth Discoursep. 27
Implications for the Analysis of Causes of Regional Divergencep. 33
Explaining Variables Internal to the Region: Institutionsp. 33
Explaining Variables External to the Region: National Frameworks and the International Environmentp. 35
Conclusionsp. 36
Uneven Regional Development and Neo-Classical Theory: A Contradiction?p. 39
The Convergence Hypothesisp. 39
Does the Neo-Classical Equalization Mechanism Work?p. 43
Population and Labor Mobilityp. 44
Increasing Returns to Scale and Transport Costsp. 46
Implications for Further EU Integrationp. 49
The Role of Historyp. 51
Conclusionsp. 52
The Self-Reliant Region: Myth or Reality?p. 55
The 'Flex Spec' Debatep. 56
Fordism or Post-Fordism?p. 56
Towards the Post-Fordist Industrial Districtp. 59
...But How?p. 62
Regulation Theory: Bringing the Nation State Back Inp. 66
The Crisis of Fordismp. 66
Where Do Regions Fit in?p. 70
State Centrism - Inherent to Regulation Theory?p. 74
TNCs and the Region: A Reevaluation of the Role of SMEsp. 77
Does Flexible Production Favor Small Business?p. 77
Scope for Regional Actionp. 81
Conclusionsp. 83
Lessons From Regional Success Stories For the New Member Statesp. 85
Transition and Uneven Regional Developmentp. 87
Socialist Legaciesp. 87
Who Are the Winners?p. 90
Who Are the Losers?p. 91
Successful Regional Governance as a Case for CEECs? The Example of Emilia-Romagnap. 93
Main Characteristics of the Emilian Modelp. 93
The Social Dimensionp. 96
Can the Emilian Model be Transferable?p. 97
Drawing the Lines Together: Regional Governance Resources in CEECs - Scope and Limitsp. 98
The Case of Regional Development Agenciesp. 101
Privatization and Property Reform: What Role Did Regions Play?p. 107
Conclusionsp. 112
Conclusions: Multi-Level Governance in Regional Developmentp. 113
Bibliographyp. 117
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