Regions are increasingly recognised as a key aspect of economic change in Europe, not merely as geographic spaces but also as social systems. Their history, culture, institutions and patterns of leadership mould the way in which they adapt to European and global competitive challenges. This book reviews the debate surrounding the construction of regions and presents eight case studies to illustrate how they are shaped and reshaped in a variety of different ways. The authors find that while some regions exhibit common patterns, there are significant variations, indicating that there is no definitive model of regional development.
This book offers a systematic comparison of eight distinct regions and stateless nations, each with its own historical identity, but which is constantly being rebuilt in changing economic and political conditions. Avoiding economic or cultural determinism, the authors show how region-builders can shape their own responses to global challenges to produce models of development reflecting differing understandings and social compromises.
Culture, Institutions and Economic Development will be warmly welcomed by academics within the fields of regional studies, European studies and political science.
Michael Keating, Professor, University of Aberdeen, UK, John Loughlin, St Edmund's College, Cambridge, UK and Kris Deschouwer, Professor of Political Science, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
Contents: Preface 1. Culture, Institutions and Development 2. The New Regionalism 3. Spain: Catalonia and Galicia 4. Belgium: Flanders and Wallonia 5. France: Brittany and Languedoc 6. The United Kingdom: Scotland and Wales 7. Conclusion Bibliography Appendix Index