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Gillian Bristow

Some twenty years since the rise of New Regionalism, it is timely to reflect upon its legacy and impact, to consider what it has contributed both conceptually to our understanding of the ‘region’ and its role in economic development processes, and to reflect upon its influence on policy approaches. This chapter reprises the core thinking underpinning New Regionalism and its rise to prominence. It explores the main criticisms levelled against it and considers how the theorising and practice of regionalism has subsequently evolved. It concludes by reflecting on the core tenets of New Regionalism, namely the importance of inter-firm relationships and the relationship between regional economic development fortunes and institutional structures, and considers where these sit within contemporary theoretical approaches to regional development and policy debates.

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Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the economic crisis that hit European regions from 2007 and which took hold in 2008_09. It introduces the concept of regional economic resilience and outlines the key approach to measuring and assessing regional economic resilience which was developed for this research. This chapter concludes by providing an outline of the organisation and structure of the book, and a summary of its key themes.

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Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy

The purpose of this concluding chapter is to draw together the key themes from the rich comparative analysis reported in this book, and to consider the wider implications for policy efforts to develop regional economic resilience. It highlights that a number of factors are positively associated with more resilient regions. These include more diverse, export-oriented economies with the presence of international companies. The experience of the crisis highlights the resilience risks of dependency on particular firms, sectors, markets and public-sector transfers. It also emphasises the dangers of making simplistic assumptions about the importance of particular factors to resilience outcomes. The different experiences of the crisis from the different European regions reported in this volume clearly highlight the important mediating role that is played by place-based characteristics.

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Edited by Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy

The economic crisis of 2008-9 heralded the most severe economic downturn in the history of the European Union. Yet not all regions experienced economic decline and rates of recovery have varied greatly. This has raised new questions about what factors influence the economic resilience of regions. This book presents the results of an Applied Research Project conducted within the ESPON 2013 Programme and provides a detailed analysis of what made some European regions more resilient to the crisis than others.
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Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy

Interest in the notion of economic resilience has prompted a rich and developing set of conceptual, empirical and policy debates in recent years. As the concept matures, significant points of dissonance and debate can be found across the sub-discipline providing fertile ground for further methodological and conceptual development. This chapter provides an introduction to this Handbook which is intended to synthesise some key elements of this debate by drawing together critical insights from leading writers in the field to examine what is known, what is contested and where the critical avenues are for future exploration.

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Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy

This chapter argues that in the nascent theorising and empirical study of regional economic resilience, the role of human agency has been under explored to date. In seeking to address this gap, the chapter focuses on three key questions: why agency is important in resilience; how agents are organised in complex, regional economies and how they might act; and finally, what an agency perspective means for how resilience might be conceptualised and analysed empirically. The chapter argues that including the human factor in resilience thinking ultimately means that the role of place and context must assume greater significance.

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Adrian Healy and Gillian Bristow

Drawing on the experience of a number of EU Member States in implementing Structural Fund programmes during the 2008/09 financial crisis, this chapter explores the role that external interventions can play in promoting resilience and considers whether they are able to provide an additional buffering mechanism in times of crisis. This gives rise to a number of questions regarding as how such policies are governed, the role played by different actors at different levels of government and the ability of regions affected by shocks to make use of such support in times of crisis.

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Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy

This chapter seeks to synthesise and reflect on the key themes emerging from the Handbook on Regional Economic Resilience, focusing on identifying the developing understanding of the concept and some of the key questions and challenges which still shape its impact and use. It considers the state of knowledge to date and identifies key areas for further research.

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Edited by Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy

This Handbook provides a collection of high quality contributions on the state of the art in current debates around the concept of regional economic resilience. It provides critical contributions from leading authors in the field, and captures both key theoretical debates around the meaning of resilience, its conceptual framing and utility, as well as empirical interrogation of its key determinants in different international contexts.