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Regional Futures: Industrial Restructuring, New High Volume Production Concepts and Spatial Development Strategies in the New Europe


  • Ray Hudson


H UDSON R. (1997) Regional futures: industrial restructuring, new high volume production concepts and spatial development strategies in the new Europe, Reg. Studies 31, 467-478. The last two decades have seen an increasing concern to reorganize production processes and experiment with a variety of alternatives to mass production. This paper examines one subset of these new approaches, namely those concerned with discovering new feasible methods of high volume production. These processes of experimentation with new ways of producing and of industrial restructuring more generally have had diverse regional development implications. They have reinforced the position of some of Europe's economically strong regions; offered new growth opportunities in others; and triggered precipitate decline elsewhere. The paper explores the implications of these changes for spatial policies and for the future map of regional inequality in Europe. HUDSON R. (1997) Les perspectives d'avenir regionales: la restructuration industrielle, les nouveaux modes de production a grande echelle et les politiques d'amenagement du territoire au sein de la nouvelle Europe, Reg. Studies 31, 467-478. Les deux dernieres decennies ont temoigne d'un desir croissant de reorganiser les modes de production et d'experimenter une gamme d'alternatives a la production en serie. Cet article examine un sous-ensemble de ces nouvelles approches, a savoir celles qui traitent de la decouverte de nouveaux modes de production a grande echelle realisables. Ces procedes d'experimentation a partir de nouveaux modes de production et de la restructuration industrielle ont eu des retombees diverses quant a l'amenagement du territoire. Ils ont renforce la situation de quelques-unes des regions europeennes les plus favorisees sur le plan economique; ont fourni de nouvelles possibilites de croissance dans d'autres regions; et ont accelere le declin ailleurs. L'article examine les retombees de ces changements pour ce qui est de la politique d'amenagement du territoire et de la carte future de l'inegalite en Europe. HUDSON R. (1997) Regionale Zukunftsaussichten: Industrielle Umstrukturierung, neue Grossvolumenplane fur die Produktion und Raumentwicklungsstrategien im neuen Europa, Reg. Studies 31, 467-478. In den beiden letzten Jahrzehnten ist man zunehmend bemuht, Produktionsprozesse umzuorganisieren, und mit einer Vielfalt von Alternativen zur Massenproduktion zu experimentieren. Dieser Aufsatz untersucht eine Teilmenge dieser neuen Ansatze, und zwar diejenigen, die sich mit Entwicklung neuer, anwendbarer Methoden der Grossvolumenproduktion befassen. Die Vorgange des Experimentierens mit neuen Wegen der Herstellung und der industriellen Umstrukturierung im allgemeinen haben verschiedenartige Wirkungen auf die regionale Entwicklung ausgeubt: sie haben die Stellung mancher wirtschaftlich starken Regionen Europas weiter gestarkt; anderen neue Wachstumsgelegenheiten geboten, und wieder woanders einen beschleunigten Abstieg ausgelost. Der Aufsatz untersucht die Implikationen dieser Wandlungen fur die Raumpolitik und fur die zukunftige Verteilung regionaler Ungleichheiten in Europa.

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  • Ray Hudson, 1997. "Regional Futures: Industrial Restructuring, New High Volume Production Concepts and Spatial Development Strategies in the New Europe," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(5), pages 467-478.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:31:y:1997:i:5:p:467-478
    DOI: 10.1080/00343409750132261

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