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Human Geography

Karl-Johan Lundquist

Professor

Human Geography

Growth cycles. Transformation and regional development

Author

  • Karl-Johan Lundquist
  • Lars-Olof Olander

Summary, in English

Departing from the renewed interest within economic history and neo-Schumpeterian perspectives on growth and economic transformation, we will suggest a theoretical framework for analyzing long term regional economic growth and transformation. Emphasis will be given to different driving forces and their various roles over time, lead-lag relations between industries and how divergence and convergence between regions shift cyclically as consequences of technological change, market integration and economic growth. We claim that systemic approaches in general have been neglected in regional science in favor of “neo-regionalism” in the sense that the study of regional growth has been focusing for years on regional innovation systems and cluster theories without any regard to systemic relations at all. Using detailed time series data and applying a systemic approach we will follow Swedish regions from the structural crises in the mid 1970s to the starting point of the present financial crises. Our results suggest that there are time lags as well as systemic spatial asymmetries between industries and regions leading to changing patterns of divergence and convergence in the regional system. Furthermore, there are indications that the regional disparities between centre and periphery have increased compared to the situation in the mid 1970s.

Department/s

  • Department of Human Geography

Publishing year

2010

Language

English

Pages

1-29

Publication/Series

SRE-DISC2010/4

Document type

Conference paper

Publisher

Institut fur Regional- und Umweltvissenschaft, Wirtshaftuniveristät Wien

Topic

  • Human Geography

Conference name

the ERSA 50ths anniversary conference

Conference date

2010-08-18 - 2010-08-21

Conference place

Jönköping, Sweden

Status

Published