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Regions and Cities


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Regions and Cities is an international, interdisciplinary series that provides authoritative analyses of the new significance of regions and cities for economic, social and cultural development, and public policy experimentation. The series seeks to combine theoretical and empirical insights with constructive policy debate and critically engages with formative processes and policies in regional and urban studies.

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Metropolitan Economic Development: The Political Economy of Urbanisation in Mexico

Metropolitan Economic Development: The Political Economy of Urbanisation in Mexico

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Alejandra Trejo Nieto
September 24, 2019

Metropolitan areas are home to a significant proportion of the world’s population and its economic output. Taking Mexico as a case study and weaving in comparisons from Latin America and developed countries, this book explores current trends and policy issues around urbanization, metropolisation,...

Social and Economic Development in Central and Eastern Europe: Stability and Change after 1990

Social and Economic Development in Central and Eastern Europe: Stability and Change after 1990

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Grzegorz Gorzelak
September 12, 2019

The integration of post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe into the EU is one of the success stories of European development. The region has seen significant economic convergence, dramatic changes in socio-economic indicators, and improvements in the natural environment. However, some challenges...

Diversities of Innovation

Diversities of Innovation

1st Edition

Ulrich Hilpert
April 02, 2019

Innovation is often understood exclusively in terms of the economy, but it is definitely a result of human labour and ingenuity, and of the relationships among individuals and social groups. Some societies and governmental structures are clearly more successful than others: they act in divergent...

The Theory, Practice and Potential of Regional Development: The Case of Canada

The Theory, Practice and Potential of Regional Development: The Case of Canada

1st Edition

Kelly Vodden, David J.A. Douglas, Sean Markey, Sarah Minnes, Bill Reimer
March 21, 2019

Canadian regional development today involves multiple actors operating within nested scales from local to national and even international levels. Recent approaches to making sense of this complexity have drawn on concepts such as multi-level governance, relational assets, integration, innovation,...

Strategic Approaches to Regional Development: Smart Experimentation in Less-Favoured Regions

Strategic Approaches to Regional Development: Smart Experimentation in Less-Favoured Regions

1st Edition

Iryna Kristensen, Alexandre Dubois, Jukka Teräs
December 20, 2018

The existence and persistence of regional disparities between European regions require context-tailored policies to promote structural change. This book explores the congruence between place-based development and regional competitiveness in the EU context. Drawing on a range of social science...

The Entrepreneurial Discovery Process and Regional Development: New Knowledge Emergence, Conversion and Exploitation

The Entrepreneurial Discovery Process and Regional Development: New Knowledge Emergence, Conversion and Exploitation

1st Edition

Åge Mariussen, Seija Virkkala, Håkon Finne, Tone Merethe Aasen
December 20, 2018

There is a broad and long-standing debate on possible solutions to the regional vulnerabilities of globalisation. In 2014, the European Commission began implementing Smart Specialisation Strategy, a place-based strategy of growth, regional transformation and new industrial policy with collective...

Place-based Economic Development and the New EU Cohesion Policy

Place-based Economic Development and the New EU Cohesion Policy

1st Edition

Philip McCann, Attila Varga
December 19, 2018

The new EU Cohesion Policy is one of the largest integrated development policies in the Western world, and one of the largest of such programmes anywhere in the world. The reforms to the EU Cohesion Policy contain many different elements each of which interlink in order to provide a cohesive...

China in the Local and Global Economy: History, Geography, Politics and Sustainability

China in the Local and Global Economy: History, Geography, Politics and Sustainability

1st Edition

Steven Brakman, Charles van Marrewijk, Peter J. Morgan, Nimesh Salike
December 05, 2018

The history of China dates back thousands of years, with periods of decline followed by periods of growth and innovation. This book puts the last 50 years – China's most recent period of growth – into perspective. It explores the changing national and international connections within China and...

Creating Smart Cities

Creating Smart Cities

1st Edition

Claudio Coletta, Leighton Evans, Liam Heaphy, Rob Kitchin
November 12, 2018

In cities around the world, digital technologies are utilized to manage city services and infrastructures, to govern urban life, to solve urban issues and to drive local and regional economies. While "smart city" advocates are keen to promote the benefits of smart urbanism – increased efficiency,...

The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces: An International Dialogue

The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces: An International Dialogue

1st Edition

Jens Kaae Fisker, Letizia Chiappini, Lee Pugalis, Antonella Bruzzese
November 07, 2018

Alternative urban spaces across civic, private, and public spheres emerge in response to the great challenges that urban actors are currently confronted with. Labour markets are changing rapidly, the availability of affordable housing is under intensifying pressure, and public spaces have become...

The European Territory: From Historical Roots to Global Challenges

The European Territory: From Historical Roots to Global Challenges

1st Edition

Jacques Robert
September 27, 2018

Originally published in French as Le territoire européen: des racines aux enjeux globaux, this book reflects the enormous changes that Europe has seen in the past half century. In a period of immense upheaval, the continent has experienced increased integration, largely through the development of...

Soft Spaces in Europe: Re-negotiating governance, boundaries and borders

Soft Spaces in Europe: Re-negotiating governance, boundaries and borders

1st Edition

Phil Allmendinger, Graham Haughton, Jörg Knieling, Frank Othengrafen
September 18, 2018

The past thirty years have seen a proliferation of new forms of territorial governance that have come to co-exist with, and complement, formal territorial spaces of government. These governance experiments have resulted in the creation of soft spaces, new geographies with blurred boundaries that...

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