A Research Agenda for Regeneration Economies
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A Research Agenda for Regeneration Economies

Reading City-Regions

Edited by John R. Bryson, Lauren Andres and Rachel Mulhall

This Research Agenda provides both a state-of-the-art review of existing research on city-regions, and expands on new research approaches. Expert contributors from across the globe explore key areas for reading city-regions, including: trade, services and people, regional differentiation, big data, global production networks, governance and policy, and regional development. The book focuses on developing a more integrated and systematic approach to reading city-regions as part of regeneration economics, identifying conceptual and methodological developments in this field of study.
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Chapter 3: Economic restructuring and spatial differentiation Down-Under

Robert J. Stimson

Abstract

This chapter explores better ways to measure regional economic performance identifying those factors which might explain spatial differentiation in regional performance across Australia. A key strand is an appreciation of the importance of context with a focus on the performance, dynamics and measurement of very diverse city-regions. The context is the significant period of economic reforms initiated by the Hawke–Keating Labor governments – which held office for 13 years from the mid-1980s – which, along with the forces of globalisation, substantially restructured the national economy with marked regional winners and losers. Following a short recession in the 1990s, the Australia experienced a long period of sustained economic growth, but there were marked differentials in regional outcomes which are explored in this chapter. The chapter also highlights the methodological developments used in the research to measure and explain differences in regional economic performance that have evolved in Australia over the last three or so decades.

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