Europe and the Latin Arc Countries
New Horizons in Regional Science series
Edited by Roberto Camagni and Roberta Capello
Chapter 10: Policy Scenarios for the Province of Barcelona
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...
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