Handbook of Regional Growth and Development Theories
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Handbook of Regional Growth and Development Theories

Edited by Roberta Capello and Peter Nijkamp

Regional economics – an established discipline for several decades – has gone through a rapid pace of change in the past decade and several new perspectives have emerged. At the same time the methodology has shown surprising development. This volume brings together contributions looking at new pathways in regional economics, written by many well-known international scholars. The most advanced theories, measurement methods and policy issues in regional growth are given in-depth treatment.
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Chapter 15: Sustainable Development and Regional Growth

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal and Peter Nijkamp


Amitrajeet A. Batabyal1 and Peter Nijkamp 15.1 Introduction Regional development does not take place in a wonderland of no physical-geographical dimensions. The region is sometimes an abstract concept, but sometimes also a very concrete, real-world geographic space where actual economic forces are manifesting themselves. The realization of economic growth is conditioned by constraints and opportunities emerging from the environmental and resource base of a region. A balanced regional growth perspective calls for a thorough investigation of environmental, resource and climatological conditions that are responsible for sustainable development. Two trends in recent social science research have increasingly guided the nature of contemporary research in regional science. As noted by Batabyal and Nijkamp (2004), the first is the recognition by regional scientists that many outstanding problems in regional science have a distinct environmental dimension to them. The second is the acknowledgment by natural resource and environmental economists – see Stevens and Olsen (2004) – that effective renewable resource management and environmental externality regulation cannot be divorced from considerations of the space over which the management and the regulatory functions are to be undertaken. These two trends together have now given rise to a rather substantial literature on topics at the interface of regional science and the environment. Even though there is no gainsaying the existence of this sizeable literature on regional science and the environment, this literature is widely scattered over a large number of books and journals and, to the best of our knowledge, there are virtually no syntheses of the principal...

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