Evolutionary trajectories of two old industrial regions: comprehending the key drivers and processes in transformation of regional industrial paths

Authors: Viktor Kveton*, Charles University, Jiří Blažek, Charles University
Topics: Economic Geography
Keywords: evolutionary trajectories,regional industrial paths,old industrial regions,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Marriott Ballroom Salon 1, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Over the last years, the new path development concept elaborating set of evolutionary trajectories of regions has been widely established within economic geography and regional studies. Empirical evidence of new path development are dominantly focused on the investigation in less developed regions in advanced European countries. The characteristics and key driving mechanisms of evolutionary trajectories in former command economies have not yet been sufficiently explained. Applying evolutionary economic geography approach the aim of this presentation is to broaden the empirical work and to contribute to a fuller comprehension of evolutionary trajectories on case of old industrial regions in Czechia. We contribute to a deeper understanding and exploration of existing regional dynamics and transformation of regional industrial paths in two old industrial regions (Moravian-Silesian Region and Ústí Region), which undergo a long-term restructuring over recent decades, but the contemporary path development varies considerably. Comparative analysis is based on combining of statistical data and interviews with stakeholders in both regions. The presentation will answer why regions differ in their capacity to trigger new paths and what are constraining factors. We will focus on the role of different forms of agency and actors (e.g. firms, trans-national corporations, universities and intermediary bodies).

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