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140160 SE TIII - VM2 - VM6 - Regional Development (2013S)

Regional Pathways and Policies in a Comparative Perspective

Continuous assessment of course work

This seminar will address questions such as why certain regions and cities embark on paths of rapid economic development, while others remain locked in vicious circles of underdevelopment; why economic activity tends to concentrate in certain places and how the benefits of this phenomenon affect other areas; or how institutional and cultural factors shape the patterns of regional growth and development. Moreover, it will discuss - in a comparative perspective - the regional development pathways of countries in different parts of the world as well the policies designed to address their specific developmental challenges.

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 12.03. 12:00 - 14:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Tuesday 19.03. 12:00 - 14:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Tuesday 09.04. 12:00 - 14:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Tuesday 16.04. 12:00 - 14:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Tuesday 23.04. 12:00 - 14:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Tuesday 30.04. 12:00 - 14:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Tuesday 07.05. 12:00 - 14:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Tuesday 14.05. 12:00 - 14:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Tuesday 28.05. 12:00 - 14:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Tuesday 04.06. 12:00 - 14:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Tuesday 11.06. 12:00 - 14:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Tuesday 18.06. 12:00 - 14:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Tuesday 25.06. 12:00 - 14:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar focuses on the regional dimension of economic development, which during the past two decades has attracted increasing attention of scholars and policy-makers alike. In fact, as a result of the territorial effects of the processes of globalization and agglomeration, regions and cities in the developed countries, and increasingly in the developing world, have become the nexus of economic growth and development. At the same time, however, some localities fail to reap the benefits of these transformations and lag behind.

This seminar will address questions such as why certain regions and cities embark on paths of rapid economic development, while others remain locked in vicious circles of underdevelopment; why economic activity tends to concentrate in certain places and how the benefits of this phenomenon affect other areas; or how institutional and cultural factors shape the patterns of regional growth and development. Moreover, it will discuss - in a comparative perspective - the regional development pathways of countries in different parts of the world as well the policies designed to address their specific developmental challenges.

Thus, the seminar will complement the core modules in international development, providing the students with a toolkit for understanding the current regional development trends as well as the on-going shifts development policies that focus increasingly on the regional and local levels to stimulate economic activity. The seminar will be of interest not only to the students of international development, but also to those who study politics, economics or geography and wish to gain insights on the above issues.

The first part of the seminar will introduce the key theoretical concepts underpinning the study of regional development, including theories of agglomeration and endogenous growth. This will be followed by discussion of the factors affecting development pathways of regions. The second part of the seminar will focus on comparative case studies of patterns of economic development in different kinds of regions (leading/lagging, urban/ rural) and different parts of the world. Finally, the third part of the seminar will investigate and compare regional development policy approaches across the developed and developing countries.

Indicative list of seminar topics:

1. Theories of agglomeration and regional economic growth
2. Endogenous growth theories
3. Soft factors of regional development: territorial capital, human capital
4. Institutions and regional development
5. Hard factors of regional development: the role of infrastructure
6. Regional development and innovation
7. Knowledge spillovers and entrepreneurship
8. Urban and rural development
9. Paradigm shift in regional policy: towards integrated and place-based regional policies
10. EU regional policy: a multi-level governance approach
11. Regional policies in the developing world

Assessment and permitted materials

The students will be assessed on the basis of a presentation in class (30%), an individually prepared research essay (50%) and participation (20%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Aim:
The aim of the seminar is to offer insights into the regional dimension of economic development and policies designed to tackle uneven regional development.

Learning outcomes:
Upon completion of this seminar the students will be able to:
- Understand and use the key theoretical concepts underpinning regional development;
- Understand the roles of the various factors of regional economic development;
- Compare and contrast the regional development challenges and pathways in leading and lagging regions;
- Compare and contrast regional policies across countries in different parts of the world

Examination topics

The seminar sessions will include an introductory talk by the lecturer, student group presentations and structured discussions. The students will be asked to read a paper for each session (made available via Moodle), which will serve as a basis for discussion. Time may also be dedicated to discussing the students’ essays.

The language of instruction for this course is English. All readings, presentations and class discussions are in English. All written assignments must also be submitted in that language.

Reading list

Indicative reading list (reading materials for each session will be specified beforehand):

Amin, A. (1999) An Institutionalist Perspective on Regional Economic Development. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 23(2), 365-378.
Bagchi-Sen, S., Smith, H., L. (2008) Science, Institutions, and Markets: Developments in the Indian Biotechnology Sector. Regional Studies, 42(7), 961-975.

Baun, M. and Marek, D., eds. (2008) EU Cohesion Policy After Enlargement, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Capello, R., Nijkamp, P., eds. (2009) Handbook Of Regional Growth And Development Theories, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Cooke, P., Asheim, B., Boschma, R., Martin, R., Schwartz, D., Tödtling, F., eds. (2011) Handbook of Regional Innovation and Growth, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Fan, C., C. (1995) Of Belts and Ladders: State Policy and Uneven Regional Development in Post-Mao China. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 85(3), 421449.

Farole, T., Rodríguez-Pose, A., and Storper, M. (2011) Cohesion policy in the European Union: growth, geography, institutions. Journal of common market studies, 49 (5), 1089-1111

Hadjimichalis, C. (2006) Non-Economic Factors in Economic Geography and in ‘New Regionalism’: A Sympathetic Critique. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 30(3), 690-704.
Krugman, P. (2011) The New Economic Geography, Now Middle-aged. Regional Studies, 45(1), 1-7.
Krugman, P., R. (1991) Increasing Returns and Economic Geography. Journal of Political Economy, 49, 137-150.

Krugman, P., Venables, A., J. (1995) Globalization and the Inequality of Nations. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 110, 857-880.

Kumar, R., T., (2002) The Impact of Regional Infrastructure Investment in India. Regional Studies, 36(2), 194-200.

Lin, G., S. (2009) Scaling-up Regional Development in Globalizing China: Local Capital Accumulation, Land-centred Politics, and Reproduction of Space, Regional Studies, 43(3), 429-447.

Molle, W. ( 2007) European Cohesion Policy, London: Routledge.

Pike, A., Rodriguez-Pose, A., Tomaney, J., eds. (2010) Handbook of Local and Regional Development, London: Routledge.

Porter, M., E., (1990) The competitive advantage of nations, New York: Macmillan.

Rodriguez-Pose, A., Gill, N. (2004) Reassessing Relations between the Centre and the States: The Challenge for the Brazilian Administration, Regional Studies, 38(7), 833-844.

Scott, J., W., ed. (2009) De-coding New Regionalism. Shifting Socio-political Contexts in Central Europe and Latin America, Farnham: Ashgate.

Storper, M. (2010) Why do regions develop and change? The challenge for geography and economics. Journal of Economic Geography 11, 333346.

Yeung, H., W. (2009) Regional Development and the Competitive Dynamics of Global Production Networks: An East Asian Perspective, Regional Studies, 43(3), 325-351.

Association in the course directory

T III; VM2, VM6

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