Handbook on Regional Economic Resilience
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Handbook on Regional Economic Resilience

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.
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Chapter 3: Regional resilience: an agency perspective

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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