The economic resilience of regions: Towards an evolutionary approach

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  • Martin R
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In this paper, we review the different definitions of resilience and their potential application in explaining the long-term development of urban and regional economies. We reject equi- librist versions of resilience and argue instead that we should seek an understanding of the concept from an evolutionary perspective. After discussing a number of such perspectives, we focus on the adaptive cycle model from panarchy theory to generate testable hypotheses concerning urban and regional resilience. Two case study city-regional economies are used to explore this model. We conclude that the evolutionary adaptive cycle model, though not without problems, warrants further study as a framework for analysing regional economic resilience. Keywords:

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  • Adaptive cycles
  • Evolutionary theory
  • Panarchy
  • Regional economic resilience

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  • James Simmie

  • Ron Martin

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