8. Regional economics and scarce resources planning

In times of globalization, dominance of financial markets, European integration, and neo-liberal policy frameworks and approaches – to name just a few fashionable buzz-words of current economic and political development – the demand for material and immaterial resources grows and reveals the issue of their scarcity, that in turn raises the question of allocation. Some scholars think that a new focus on regional economies, networks and structures is necessary to overcome political and economic gridlocks. However, regional economies and regional economic policies are truly embedded in national and international environments; thus the leeway of regional policies seems to be limited. Regional planning and regional economic policies can, nevertheless, contribute to decisions on how scarce resources are used regionally.

The co-chairs welcome papers and case studies in this area. Track papers could specifically focus on the following issues: