WHY REGIONS? WHY NOW? WHO CARES?

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Direct correspondence to: Manuel Pastor, Department of Geography, University of Southern California, 3620 Vermont Avenue, KAP-462, Los Angeles, CA 90089. E-mail: mpastor@college.usc.edu.

Abstract

ABSTRACT: This article examines the emergence of the region as a platform for achieving economic competitiveness and social equity. We use a combination of empirical exercises to examine the timing and degree of actor interest, including convergence regressions and coefficients of variation analysis to see if regional economic and social performance is more heterogeneous, and logistical analysis to determine what metropolitan-level factors can explain the rise of regionalist interest by business organizations and/or social justice organizations. We find that performance is, in fact, generally more heterogeneous, that different actors are motivated by different factors, and that interest by business groups seems to trigger a “reactive regionalism” by equity proponents (but not the other way around).

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