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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Towards the Resilient Region?: Policy Activism and Peripheral Region Development
Stuart Dawley, Andy Pike and John Tomaney
September 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0053:
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JEL Classification: O10; R00


Tags: resilience; adaptability; adaptation

Discussions of local and regional development have recently broadened from a preoccupation with growth to one which captures the notion of resilience. This paper makes two main contributions to these debates. First, the paper critiques static equilibrium-based notions of resilience and instead advances a more dynamic evolutionary approach to explain local and regional resilience. Second, we seek to address the widening gap between resilience thinking and its transfer to practical policy prescription. To do this, we explore the notions of adaptability, adaptive capacity and new path creation in developing local and regional resilience. We then focus upon what this might mean for local and regional strategies and draw on the case study of the Renewable Energy sector in North East England to demonstrate the enduring role of policy intervention in stimulating change and building resilience in peripheral regions.