Old industrial regions in Europe: A comparative assessment of economic performance

Kean Birch, D. MacKinnon, A. Cumbers

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    Old industrial regions in Europe: a comparative assessment of economic performance, Regional Studies. Recent academic and policy discourses on regional development in Europe promote the expansion of 'knowledge-based' economies and learning regions. The assumptions underpinning the new regional policy are cast into sharp focus by the experiences of old industrial regions. The paper engages with these issues through empirical research into the recent fortunes of old industrial regions in Western Europe, drawing upon material from the Eurostat database. The findings highlight diverse experiences among these old industrial regions. This raise questions about the role of different national varieties of capitalism in shaping regional trajectories and the different mechanisms of regional adaptation promoted in the different countries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)35-53
    Number of pages18
    JournalRegional Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • industrial regions
    • regional development
    • economic performance
    • regional policy
    • capitalism
    • Europe

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