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.

Chapter 12: International perspectives on the prosperity of a region: a personal reflection*

J. Robert Branston, Roger Sugden and James R. Wilson

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


J. Robert Branston, Roger Sugden and James R. Wilson 1. INTRODUCTION For two weeks in July 2001 a group of around 20 scholars from Wisconsin, other US states and Europe had a unique opportunity to interact with each other, and with public officials and businesspeople from surrounding localities. The purpose was to collaborate on their research, and to think about development in a globalised new economy. As explained in the Foreword, this volume derives directly from that two-week experience,1 the preceding chapters having been debated, developed and worked on during the Second LÕinstituteÐMilwaukee Workshop on ÔUrban and regional prosperity in a globalised economyÕ. In this final chapter, we aim to provide a personal reflection on the process of the workshop itself. We see this as having been positive; with flaws but also with valuable lessons for the future. The chapter explores the aims of the process as it was initially conceived, and asks whether these aims have been realised. We seek to identify problems that were encountered, and make tentative suggestions as to how these might be overcome in the future. The motivation for such an analysis lies in a view that the workshop, and indeed this volume, are merely dimensions of an ongoing concern to become part of the process of economic development (in regions or, in the language of Chapter 1) in localities such as Wisconsin. In this regard, the workshop in itself is not an end-result, and neither is this volume. Crucially, then, we...

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