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:
- Is scarcity a real problem or is it created because of the way modern life is structured?
- Government and governance for the design and implementation of regional economic policies. Is there space for a regional governance of scarce resources?
- Contribution of planning and regional economics to an efficient, effective, and equitable management of scarce resources.
- Valuation of scarce regional resources (e.g. human capital, infrastructure, land, ecological resources) from different methodological perspectives (qualitative and quantitative). - Empirical, methodological or theoretical approaches to regional planning and/or regional economics with respect to scarce regional resources.
- Presentation of empirical urban and regional development projects and/or policies in relation to facing problems related to the management of space in the current context of strategic dilemmas.