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 8: A guide to patterns of regional economic resilience

Karim K. Mardaneh, Ameeta Jain and Jerry Courvisanos


This chapter develops an innovation–transition conception of resilience that implies having the adaptive capacity to thrive in changed, but uncertain, economic environments; or ‘resilience to disruptive events’. The chapter then utilises this thinking to explore how to quantitatively identify resilience patterns across types of regions and to thus provide a guide to practical pathways for transition. The chapter concludes on the important role that heterodox economics provides as a critique of equilibrium approaches to concepts like resilience and as the basis for a more realist approach to addressing sustainability under crises.

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