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Economic Regionalization

Jones, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-7340-6499 (2018). Economic Regionalization. In: Paasi, A., Harrison, J. & Jones, M. (Eds.), Handbook on the Geographies of Regions and Territories. (pp. 105-115). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781785365805.00018


This chapter examines current conceptual and empirical thinking about economic regionalization within the global economy, particularly in light of debates about the potential retreat of economic globalization in the second decade of the twenty-first century. It provides an overview of theories of economic regionalization as well as how this concept relates to wider debates about globalization. In doing so, it argues that while there is both a deepening of economic regionalization in some parts of the global economy - and a new geography to this process - it does not represent an overall reversal of wider trends toward greater global economic integration. The chapter illustrates this argument through considering a number of examples at firm, industry and regional level.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is a draft chapter. The final version is available in The Handbook of Geographies and Regions edited by A. Paasi, J. Harrison & M. Jones, forthcoming 2017, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.
Publisher Keywords: globalization, regionalization, global economy, regional economies, transnational firms
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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