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Everyone's a 'winner': problematising the discourse of regional competitiveness

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  • Gillian Bristow
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    Since the early 1990s, the concept of regional competitiveness has become a hegemonic discourse within public policy circles in developed countries. However, it is a somewhat chaotic and ill-defined discourse based on a relatively narrow conception of how regions compete, prosper and grow. This paper seeks to problematise the discourse with reference to theory, and to explain how and why it has assumed such significance in policy circles. It is argued that the answer lies within the policy process and the imperative of legitimating certain courses of policy action. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Journal of Economic Geography.

    Volume (Year): 5 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 3 (June)
    Pages: 285-304

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:jecgeo:v:5:y:2005:i:3:p:285-304

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    1. Wouter Jacobs & Hans R.A. Koster & Frank van Oort, 2012. "Co-agglomeration of Knowledge-Intensive Business Services and Multinational Enterprises," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1225, Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography, revised Dec 2012.
    2. VASILIS ANGELIS & Athanasios Angelis-Dimakis & Katerina Dimaki, 2012. "The Role Of Environment In A Region’S Sustainable Development As Described By A Butterfly Catastrophe," ERSA conference papers ersa12p1157, European Regional Science Association.
    3. Nuno Crespo & Nádia Simões & José Duarte, 2013. "Competition in tourism arrivals – A multidimensional index of geographical structural similarity," Working Papers Series 2 13-05, ISCTE-IUL, Business Research Unit (BRU-IUL).
    4. Martijn J. Burger & Bert van der Knaap & Ronald S. Wall, 2012. "Revealed Competition for Greenfield Investments between European Regions," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 12-063/3, Tinbergen Institute.
    5. Anna Golejewska, 2012. "Human capital and regional growth perspective," Working Papers 1204, Economics of European Integration Department, Faculty of Economics, University of Gdansk, Poland.
    6. Hoekman & Frenken, 2013. "Proximity and Stratification in European Scientific Research Collaboration Networks: A Policy Perspective," Innovation Studies Utrecht (ISU) working paper series 13-04, Utrecht University, Department of Innovation Studies, revised Nov 2013.
    7. Salmon, Keith, 2008. "New Directions in European Regional Policy and their Implications for Spain," Investigaciones Regionales, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 12, pages 147-177.
    8. Dula Borozan, 2008. "Regional Competitiveness: Some Conceptual Issues and Policy Implications," Interdisciplinary Management Research, Faculty of Economics in Osijek, Croatia, vol. 4, pages 50-63, May.

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