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Agency and resilience in the time of regional economic crisis

David, Lucinda LU (2018) In European Planning Studies 26(5). p.1041-1059
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Using a comparative case study on the closure of the research and development facilities of a pharmaceutical company in two regions in Sweden, this paper investigates the emergence of regional economic resilience from an agency perspective. Findings include a networked region engendering agency from non-state actors whilst substantial state intervention is needed to facilitate agency from a less networked region. The paper finds broad confirmation that interactions of actors are due to how a region is organized and the contingencies of its institutional context. Collective agency depends on the ability of actors to align interests and coalesce agendas which, as shown by the two cases, can be based on shared regional affinity as in the... (More)

Using a comparative case study on the closure of the research and development facilities of a pharmaceutical company in two regions in Sweden, this paper investigates the emergence of regional economic resilience from an agency perspective. Findings include a networked region engendering agency from non-state actors whilst substantial state intervention is needed to facilitate agency from a less networked region. The paper finds broad confirmation that interactions of actors are due to how a region is organized and the contingencies of its institutional context. Collective agency depends on the ability of actors to align interests and coalesce agendas which, as shown by the two cases, can be based on shared regional affinity as in the case of Södertälje or innovation strategies as in the case of Lund. Regional economic crises bring forth conditions and impetus for temporary modes of cooperation that mobilize resources to launch adaptive resilience strategies. Conflicts in resource distributions or operational complexity make developing agency-based resilience challenging. Emergent regional outcomes from agency-based resilience from these two cases exhibit adaptation with the potential for adaptability in Lund, and adaptability with degrees of adaptation in Södertälje.

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adaptability, agency, agency-based adaptation, institutions, Regional resilience
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European Planning Studies
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26
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5
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1041 - 1059
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Taylor & Francis
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10.1080/09654313.2018.1448754
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  author       = {David, Lucinda},
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  keyword      = {adaptability,agency,agency-based adaptation,institutions,Regional resilience},
  language     = {eng},
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  number       = {5},
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  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {European Planning Studies},
  title        = {Agency and resilience in the time of regional economic crisis},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2018.1448754},
  volume       = {26},
  year         = {2018},
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