Globalization, Institutions, and Regional Development in Europe

Paperback | October 1, 1995

EditorAsh Amin, Nigel Thrift

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What are the economic prospects of European regions in a globalizing world? One view suggests that European regions will be overwhelmed by global forces; another suggests the rise of a new localism leading to a Europe of the regions. This book argues that neither of these accounts is correct.The authors offer detailed accounts of the local economies of Baden Wuttemberg, Emilia-Romagna, Switzerland, and Eastern Germany amongst others to support their view. In so doing they discuss a number of important and topical issues: industrial districts and their distinctiveness, organizationalflexibility, regional economic planning, and the role of transnational companies.Through the application of an institutionalist perspective which stresses the importance of institutionalizing processes within the economy, the chapters in the book argue that regional economic prosperity will depend upon the degree to which regions are able to mobilize flexible institutionalstrategies. The book concludes that adaptable regions with a diverse institutional presence can harness the forces of globalization to their own ends. Other regions, with more rigid institutional structures, face a bleak future.

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This book argues that neither account is correct and suggests another scenario. The authors offer detailed accounts of the local economies of Baden Wurttemberg, Emilia-Romagna, Switzerland, and Eastern Germany amongst others to support their view.

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What are the economic prospects of European regions in a globalizing world? One view suggests that European regions will be overwhelmed by global forces; another suggests the rise of a new localism leading to a Europe of the regions. This book argues that neither of these accounts is correct.The authors offer detailed accounts of the ...

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This book argues that neither account is correct and suggests another scenario. The authors offer detailed accounts of the local economies of Baden Wurttemberg, Emilia-Romagna, Switzerland, and Eastern Germany amongst others to support their view.

Ash Amin is at Durham University. Nigel Thrift is at University of Bristol.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:282 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198289162

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Table of Contents

Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift: Preface and IntroductionAsh Amin and Nigel Thrift: Living in the GlobalPeter Dicken, Anders Malmberg, and Mats Forsgren: The Local Embeddedness of Transnational CorporationsSarah Whatmore: Global Agro-Food Complexes and the Refashioning of Rural EuropeFranz Todtling: The Uneven Landscapes of Innovation Poles: Local Embeddedness and Global NetworksPhil Cooke and Kevin Morgan: Growth Regions Under Duress: Renewal Strategies in Baden Wurttemberg and Emilia-RomagnaAmy Glasmeier: Flexible Districts, Flexible Regions? The Institutional and Cultural Limits to Districts in an Era of Technological Paradigm ShiftsJamie Peck: Regulating Labour: The Social Regulation and Reproduciton of Local Labour MarketsGernot Grabher: The Disembedded Regional Economy: The Transformation of East German Industrial Complexes into Western EnclavesRay Hudson: Institutional Change, Cultural Transformation, and Economic Regeneration: Myths and Realities from Europe's Old Industrial AreasKevin Robins and James Cornford: Local and Regional Broadcasting in the New Media OrderCostis Hadjimichalis: Global-Local Social Conflicts: Examples from Southern EuropeAsh Amin and Nigel Thrift: Holding Down the Global

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This book argues that neither account is correct and suggests another scenario. The authors offer detailed accounts of the local economies of Baden Wurttemberg, Emilia-Romagna, Switzerland, and Eastern Germany amongst others to support their view.

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`This book firmly establishes its position within the new institutionalist cam,.but at the same time it represents an attempt to forge a unique geographical dimension to the debate ... this book is a model of presentation and editing ... Amin and Thrift present a carefully honed introductorychapter that both contextualizes and attempts to bring together all of the contributors under a coherent intellectual umbrella. Individual chapters demonstrate both a depth and range that is illuminating, each chapter has a similar structure with a clear introduction and conclusion, the wholecollection is then tied up with a closing chapter by the editors.'Andy C. Pratt, London School of Economics and Political Science, TIBG, August 1996