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Theorizing Regional Economic Performance and the Changing Territorial Division of Labour


  • Michael Dunford


DUNFORD M. (2003) Theorizing regional economic performance and the changing territorial division of labour, Reg. Studies 37 , 839-854. After identifying the general mechanisms underling the centripetal and centrifugal forces whose interplay shapes the relative performance of regional economies, a case is made for disaggregating macroeconomic indicators and examining the sectoral and occupational changes they conceal. Once regional performance is seen as reflecting underling changes in the profiles of regional economies, it is clear that research should examine the forces that determine the changing territorial division of labour. To explain the latter a conceptual framework is presented. This framework combines value chain approaches to the strategies of individual enterprises and analyses of the impact on the performance of enterprises of their wider social environment. Explicit links are established between this framework and some of the insights of the new economic geography. DUNFORD M. (2003) La theorisation de la performance economique regionale, Reg. Studies 37 , 839-854. Ayant identifie les mecanismes generaux qui sous-tendent les forces centripetes et centrifuges dont l'interaction determine la performance relative des economies regionales, on donne des arguments en faveur et de la separation des clignotants macroeconomiques, et du devoilement des transformations sectorielles et socio- professionnelles. Une fois que la performance regionale est vue comme un reflet des tendances sous-jacentes des profils des economies regionales, il est evident que la recherche devrait expliquer les forces motrices de la transformation de la division du travail sur le plan regional. Afin d' expliquer cette derniere, on presente un cadre conceptuel. Ce cadre associe des facons fondees sur la notion de chaines de valeur aux strategies d'une entreprise particuliere et aux analyses de l'impact de son milieu social plus vaste sur sa performance. On etablit des liens explicites entre ce cadre et quelques-uns des apercus de la nouvelle geographie economique. DUNFORD M. (2003) Die Theoretisierung regionalwirtschaftlicher Leistung, Reg. Studies 37 , 839-854. Im Anschluss an die Kennzeichnung des allgemeinen Mechanismus, der den zentripetalen und zentrifugalen Kraften zugrunde liegt, deren Zusammenspiel die relative Leistung regionaler Wirtschaften bestimmen, werden Argumente fur die Entflechtung makrookonomischer Indikatoren, und fur die Uberprufung der sektoralen und beruflichen Veranderungen, vorgebracht, die sie verbergen. Erst wenn regionale Leistung als Spiegel der ihr zugrunde liegenden Veranderungen im Profil einer Regionalwirtschaft erkannt sind, ist es klar, dass die Forschung die Krafte untersuchen sollte, welche die sich wandelnde Gebietsaufteilung der arbeitenden Bevolkerung bestimmen. Zur Erlauterung der letzteren wird eine begriffliche Grundstruktur vorgelegt. Diese Grundstruktur verbindet Wertkettenauffassungen der Strategien individueller Unternehmen, und Analysen der Auswirkung auf die Leistung der Unternehmen in ihrem weiteren gesellschaftlichen Umfeld. Es werden deutliche Verbindungen zwischen dieser Grundstruktur und manchen Einsichten der neuen Wirtschaftsgeographie bewiesen.

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  • Michael Dunford, 2003. "Theorizing Regional Economic Performance and the Changing Territorial Division of Labour," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(8), pages 829-854.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:37:y:2003:i:8:p:829-854
    DOI: 10.1080/0034340032000128758

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