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Is Relocation Redundant? Observations on the Changing Nature and Impacts of Employment-related Geographical Mobility in the UK


  • Anne Green


Green A. E. (2004) Is relocation redundant? Observations on the changing nature and impacts of employment-related geographical mobility in the UK, Regional Studies38, 629-641. Geographical mobility has important implications for policy across a range of different domains. This paper sets out a conceptual framework for distinguishing between different types of geographical mobility and reviews the changing nature and impacts of different types of employment-related geographical mobility in the UK. Theoretical perspectives on employers' and individuals' rationales for relocation are outlined and in the context of labour market and family changes the paper addresses the question: 'Is relocation redundant?' Case study evidence is used to foreground key issues and to provide pointers to emerging trends in employment-related geographical mobility. It is concluded that while relocation is declining in importance relative to other types of employment-related geographical mobility, it is not redundant. Green A. E. (2004) Le demenagement, est-il demode? Des commentaires portant sur les caracteristiques et les retombees changeantes de la mobilite geographique liee a l'emploi au Royaume-Uni, Regional Studies38, 629-641. La mobilite geographique a d'importantes implications pour la politique dans divers domaines. Cet article cherche a presenter un cadre conceptuel qui sert a distinguer entre des genres de mobilite differents et a reconsiderer les caracteristiques et les retombees changeantes des divers genres de mobilite geographique liee a l'emploi au Royaume-Uni. On esquisse des perspectives theoriques sur la raison d'etre des employeurs et des individus quant a la decision de se demenager. En outre, l'article cherche, dans le contexte de l'evolution du marche du travail et de la famille, a aborder la question suivante: 'Le demenagement, est-il demode?' A partir des etudes de cas, on met en relief des questions cle et donne quelques indications des nouvelles tendances dans le domaine de la mobilite geographique liee a l'emploi. On conclut que le demenagement n'est pas demode, malgre que l'importance du demenagement diminue par rapport aux autres genres de mobilite geographique liee a l'emploi. Green A. E. (2004) Ist Standortwechsel uberflussig? Beobachtungen zum sich wandelnden Wesen und Auswirkungen der Erwerbstatigkeit bezogenen geographischen Mobilitat im Vereinigten Konigreich, Regional Studies38, 629-641. Geographische Mobilitat hat bedeutende Auswirkungen auf politische Entscheidungen einer ganzen Reihe verschiedener Funktionsbereiche. Dieser Aufsatz stellt einen begrifflichen Rahmen zur Unterscheidung verschiedener Typen geographischer Mobilitat auf, und bespricht das sich wandelnde Wesen und Auswirkungen verschiedener Typen Erwerbstatigkeit bezogener geographischer Mobilitat im UK. Theoretische Perspektiven der Umzugsgrunde von Arbeitgebern und Arbeitnehmern werden umrissen, und im Zusammenhang mit Arbeitsmarkt und Veranderungen in der Familie geht der Aufsatz die Frage an, ob Standortwechsel uberflussig sei. Befunde der Fallstudie werden dazu benutzt, Hauptfragen in den Vordergrund zu rucken und Hinweise zu aufkommenden Tendenzen bei Erwerbstatigkeit bezogener geographischer Mobilitat zu geben. Es wird der Schluss gezogen, dass Standortwechsel, obschon im Verhaltnis zu anderen Arten Erwerbstatigkeit bezogener geographischer Mobilitat im Abnehmen begriffen, dennoch nicht uberflussig ist. Green A. E. (2004) Es redundante la reubicacion? Observaciones sobre la naturaleza cambiante y el impacto de la movilidad geografica por empleo en el Reino Unido, Regional Studies38, 629-641. La movilidad geografica tiene importantes implicaciones para cuestiones de politica en un variedad de campos diferentes. Este articulo presenta un marco conceptual para distinguir entre los diferentes tipos de movilidad geografica y revisa la naturaleza cambiante y el impacto que tienen los diferentes tipos de movilidad geografica por cuestiones de empleo en el Reino Unido. Se resumen las perspectivas teoricas sobre el racional de individuos y empresarios para la reubicacion y, en el contexto de cambios familiares y de cambios en el mercado laboral, el articulo aborda la pregunta: 'Es redundante la reubicacion?' Se utilizan datos de estudios para destacar un numero de cuestiones fundamentales y para proporcionar indicadores para tendencias emergentes en la movilidad geografica por empleo. Se concluye que mientras que la reubicacion esta disminuyendo en importancia relativamente a otros tipos de movilidad geografica por empleo, no es redundate.

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  • Anne Green, 2004. "Is Relocation Redundant? Observations on the Changing Nature and Impacts of Employment-related Geographical Mobility in the UK," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(6), pages 629-641.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:38:y:2004:i:6:p:629-641
    DOI: 10.1080/003434042000240941

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    1. William A.V. Clark & Suzanne Davies Withers, 2007. "Family migration and mobility sequences in the United States," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 17(20), pages 591-622, December.
    2. Sandow, Erika & Westin, Kerstin, 2010. "The persevering commuter - Duration of long-distance commuting," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 44(6), pages 433-445, July.


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