Regions and the World Economy: The Coming Shape of Global Production, Competition, and Political…

Paperback | December 16, 1999

byAllen J. Scott

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One of the dramatic shifts that is occurring in the world system as we enter the twenty-first century is the increasing openness and interpenetration of national economies and sovereign states. This shift is associated on the one hand with the beginnings of a progressive transfer of certaineconomic and political functions upward to the plurinational and global levels; and on the other hand with a countervailing trend to the reinforcement of economic and political life at the subnational, regional level. This book is a wide-ranging exploration of the economic logic and political meaning of these developments, with special reference to a reconceptualization of the economic geography of the modern world as an emerging global mosaic of regional systems of production and exchange. The steadyglobalization of economic activity over the last few decades has intensified the re-assertion of the region as a critical locus of economic order and as a potent foundation of competitive advantage. As a corollary, many regions in the modern world are also beginning to acquire an intenseself-consciousness of themselves as socio-political and economic entities, and all the more so as they increasingly find themselves bound together in both competitive and collaborative relationships across national borders. The significance of these tendencies for new kinds of political mobilizationis explored, and their potential impacts of substantive forms of democracy and citizenship in the new world order are assessed.

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One of the dramatic shifts that is occurring in the world system as we enter the twenty-first century is the increasing openness and interpenetration of national economies and sovereign states. This shift is associated on the one hand with the beginnings of a progressive transfer of certaineconomic and political functions upward to the...

Allen J. Scott is at University of California, Los Angeles.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:190 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.47 inPublished:December 16, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Regions and the World Economy2. The National Economy and the Sovereign State3. The Coming Break-Up of National Economies?4. The Global Mosaic of Regional Economies5. The Regional Foundations of Economic Performance6. Collective Order and Regional Development: Social and Cultural Regulation of Local Economic Systems7. Prospects for Poor Regions8. A World of Regions9. The Changing Geopolitics of Production, Competition, and Regional Interdependence

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`The book is well written and well structured and provides a number of interesting insights on regional development, the development question for less developed countries and future governance in the context of this region-based world. The book would make very interesting reading for thoseinvolved in these issues, for business people and for policymakers in general.'Ella Kavanagh. The Business Economist. Vol 29.