Spatial Scenarios in a Global Perspective

Spatial Scenarios in a Global Perspective

Europe and the Latin Arc Countries

New Horizons in Regional Science series

Edited by Roberto Camagni and Roberta Capello

This up-to-date and insightful book presents post-crisis scenarios for European regions with new methodologies and tools to support quantitative assessment and foresight. The aim is to develop regional forecasting methodologies and tools, appropriate to the regional-local scale but consistent with a general EU-wide approach. This effort is particularly important in a period of economic crisis, as an economic downturn generates high uncertainty about the future of economic systems, and consequently will determine the new winners and losers in a globalized world.

Chapter 10: Policy Scenarios for the Province of Barcelona

Joan Trullén

Subjects: economics and finance, regional economics, urban and regional studies, regional economics


Joan Trullén 10.1 INTRODUCTION In this chapter a policy prospect for the Barcelona area is provided, both with reference to economic and spatial strategies, taking into consideration the three integrated scenarios presented in Chapter 3.1 With 2025 as our time horizon, these scenarios must be considered in terms of economic and territorial dynamics for the Barcelona metropolis. The main aim consists in making Barcelona a global metropolis by enlarging the radius of its labour market. This will mean the incorporation of cities that are beyond the province of Barcelona such as Girona and Reus-Tarragona-Valls. From an economic point of view, the fundamental change is to substitute a model based on low productivity and high levels of employment for one of enhanced productivity and apply this alternative model of growth to the urban agglomeration of Barcelona. It must be emphasized that the implementation of active policies of local development are needed for each scenario. In the case of the reference scenario, active policies will be less intense and targeted than in the proactive scenario, but more focused and better targeted than in the defensive scenario. In all scenarios, the monitoring of active local-level policies is a necessary condition in order to achieve high levels of productivity and employment growth. 1 This section benefits from contributions and suggestions that emerged during workshops and conferences with experts and policy makers organized in the last phases of the research. 186 M2714 - CAMAGNI 9780857935618 PRINT (Colour).indd 186 24/08/2011 15:52 Policy scenarios...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information