Urban and Regional Prosperity in a Globalised New Economy

Urban and Regional Prosperity in a Globalised New Economy

Edited by Roger Sugden, Rita Hartung Cheng and G. Richard Meadows

There is currently a popular view that the world is undergoing profound changes in the fundamental relationships upon which it is organised. In particular, there is widespread talk of a ‘globalised’ economy, facilitated by and associated with ‘new’ technologies and practices. There is a further consensus that within this ‘globalised’, ‘new’ economy, regionalisation in some form is important. The aim of this volume is to address these topical issues, presenting perspectives from which they can be analysed and exploring specific aspects in greater detail. The contributors provide a framework for understanding current trends, and suggest approaches that highlight appropriate ways forward in the context of both opportunities and dangers. In doing so, they discuss specific cases and explore detailed policy possibilities, including the prospect of stimulating change through multinational engagement and debate.

Urban and regional propsperity in a globalised new economy: an overview

Edited by Roger Sugden, Rita Hartung Cheng and G. Richard Meadows

Subjects: urban and regional studies, regional studies, urban studies

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Urban and regional prosperity in a globalised new economy: an overview Roger Sugden, Rita Hartung Cheng and G. Richard Meadows* There is currently a popular view that the world is undergoing profound changes in the relationships through which it is organised. In particular, there is widespread talk of a ÔglobalisedÕ economy, facilitated by and associated with ÔnewÕ technologies and practices. There is a further consensus that within this globalised, ÔnewÕeconomy, regionalisation of some form is important. The aim of this volume is to address these topical issues, presenting perspectives from which they can be analysed and understood, and exploring specific aspects in greater detail. We provide a framework for analysing and understanding current trends, and suggest approaches that highlight appropriate ways forward in the context of opportunities and dangers. In doing so, we discuss specific cases and explore detailed policy possibilities, including the prospect of stimulating change through multinational engagement and debate. Part I of the volume comprises a chapter by Roger Sugden and James R. Wilson. It has two aims. The first is to provide a general introduction to some of the issues and a reference point for later contributions. It reports a set of questions, topics and themes, what might be considered an introductory agenda. The objective is in part to position subsequent chapters in the broader context from which they were derived. It is also to provide a springboard for further questioning and understanding. The second aim of the chapter is to explore a perspective on...