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How regions react to recessions: resilience and the role of economic structure

How regions react to recessions: resilience and the role of economic structure
How regions react to recessions: resilience and the role of economic structure
This paper examines how employment in the major UK regions has reacted to the four major recessions of the last 40 years, namely 1974–76, 1979–83, 1990–93 and 2008–10. The notions of resistance and recoverability are used to examine these reactions. The analysis reveals both continuities and significant changes in the regional impact of recession from one economic cycle to the next. Further, while economic structure is found to have exerted some influence on the resistance and recoverability of certain regions, in general ‘region-specific’ or ‘competitiveness’ effects appear to have played an equally, if not more, significant role.
0034-3404
561-585
Martin, Ron
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Sunley, Peter
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Gardiner, Ben
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Tyler, Peter
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Sunley, Peter
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Gardiner, Ben
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Tyler, Peter
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Martin, Ron, Sunley, Peter, Gardiner, Ben and Tyler, Peter (2016) How regions react to recessions: resilience and the role of economic structure. [in special issue: Theme Issue: Resilience Revisited] Regional Studies, 50 (4), 561-585. (doi:10.1080/00343404.2015.1136410).

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This paper examines how employment in the major UK regions has reacted to the four major recessions of the last 40 years, namely 1974–76, 1979–83, 1990–93 and 2008–10. The notions of resistance and recoverability are used to examine these reactions. The analysis reveals both continuities and significant changes in the regional impact of recession from one economic cycle to the next. Further, while economic structure is found to have exerted some influence on the resistance and recoverability of certain regions, in general ‘region-specific’ or ‘competitiveness’ effects appear to have played an equally, if not more, significant role.

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Accepted/In Press date: 22 December 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 25 February 2016
Published date: 25 February 2016
Organisations: Economy, Society and Space

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Local EPrints ID: 390399
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/390399
ISSN: 0034-3404
PURE UUID: 798cd7ab-bc58-4a46-80f4-e91e70b3bcb6

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Date deposited: 01 Apr 2016 10:16
Last modified: 13 Mar 2020 05:01

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