• Regional development and growth
  • Development policies and strategies
  • Fiscal and political decentralization
  • Institutions and economic development
  • Infrastructure
  • Innovation and innovation policy
  • Education and human capital
  • Local economic development
  • Migration
  • Special economc zones, science and technology parks

Journal Articles


Technology and Industrial Parks in Emerging Countries (2014)

By Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Daniel Hardy

Industrial and technology parks are commonly regarded as a policy panacea. They tend to be considered as the ideal instrument to alleviate an assortment of institutional, political, economic, social and ultimately, technological weaknesses and often form the centrepiece of development strategies. Yet, the real impact of industrial and technology parks, especially in emerging countries is still poorly understood. Focusing on examples from Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the book represents a first approach to understand the potential and reality of industrial and technology parks in emerging countries. It is argued that although some parks have been successful in addressing a range of key problems, including underdevelopment, unemployment and a lack of investment, the majority have failed to deliver, rendering the promise of many parks little more than a pipedream.

Innovation and Regional Growth in the European Union (2011)

By Riccardo Crescenzi and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

This book investigates the EU’s regional growth dynamics and, in particular, the reasons why peripheral and socio-economically disadvantaged areas have persistently failed to catch up with the rest of the Union. It shows that the capability of the knowledge-based growth model to deliver its expected benefits to these areas crucially depends on tackling a specific set of socio-institutional factors which prevents innovation from being effectively translated into economic growth. The book takes an eclectic approach to the territorial genesis of innovation and regional growth by combining different theoretical strands into one model of empirical analysis covering the whole EU-25. An in-depth comparative analysis with the United States is also included, providing significant insights into the distinctive features of the European process of innovation and its territorial determinants. The evidence produced in the book is extensively applied to the analysis of EU development policies.

Handbook of Local and Regional Development

Handbook of Local and Regional Development (2010)

By Andy Pike, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and John Tomany

The Handbook of Local and Regional Development provides a comprehensive statement and reference point for local and regional development. The scope of this Handbook’s coverage and contributions engages with and reflects upon the politics and policy of how we think about and practise local and regional development, encouraging dialogue across the disciplinary barriers between notions of ‘local and regional development’ in the Global North and ‘development studies’ in the Global South.

With over forty contributions from leading international scholars in the field, this Handbook provides critical reviews and appraisals of current state-of-the-art conceptual and theoretical approaches and future developments in local and regional development.

Squilibri regionali e crescita economica nell'Unione Europea (2007)

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Il volume raccoglie alcuni contributi dedicati ai problemi delle regioni dell’Unione Europea, con particolare riferimento ai temi della crescita economica, della coesione sociale e degli squilibri territoriali. I recenti cambiamenti dovuti al processo d’allargamento ai paesi dell’Europa Centro Orientale (PECO) testimoniano l’esigenza di inquadrare le varie problematiche all’interno di un percorso di ricerca unitario con obiettivo la convergenza economica. Il volume presenta saggi che affrontano tematiche connesse al ruolo dei fondi strutturali nelle regioni dell’Obiettivo 1, al contributo dell’innovazione e degli investimenti in capitale umano, al rapporto tra economie assistite e cicli economici, alle disparità nazionali e regionali nei PECO, alla migrazione e agli squilibri territoriali nelle aree del Mezzogiorno d’Europa.

Local and Regional Development Local and Regional Development Desarrollo local y regional

Local and Regional Development (2006)

By Andy Pike, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and John Tomany

Local and regional development is an increasingly global issue. For localities and regions, the challenge of enhancing prosperity, improving wellbeing and increasing living standards has become acute for localities and regions formerly considered discrete parts of the ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ worlds. Amid concern over the definitions and sustainability of ‘development’, a spectre has emerged of deepened unevenness and sharpened inequalities in the development prospects for particular social groups and territories.

Local and Regional Development engages and addresses the key questions: what are the principles and values that shape definitions and strategies of local and regional development? What are the conceptual and theoretical frameworks capable of understanding and interpreting local and regional development? What are the main policy interventions and instruments? How do localities and regions attempt to effect development in practice? What kinds of local and regional development should we be pursuing?


Published in Chinese as Pike, A., Rodríguez-Pose, A., Tomaney, J. (2011) Local and Regional Development. Shanghai: Higher Education Press, 2011.

Published in Spanish as Pike, A., Rodríguez-Pose, A., Tomaney, J. (2011) Desarrollo local y regional. Publicacions de la Universitat de València: Valencia, pp. 399

El modelo social europeo frente a la globalización.

El modelo social europeo frente a la globalización (2005)

By José María González Zorrilla, Joseba Azkarraga, Claus Offe, Jaime Montalvo, Vicenç Navarro, Bernard Cassen, Luis Enrique De La Villa Gil, Juan José Álvarez, Abel López De Aguileta, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Miren Etxezarreta, Ignacio Sotelo, Juan Pablo Landa Zapirain, Enrique Agirrezabal and Juan María Aburto

The European Union: Economy, Society, and Polity L'Unione Europea. Economia, politica e società.

The European Union: Economy, Society, and Polity (2002)

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

At the beginning of the 21st century the European Union faces twin challenges: the institutional challenge, linked to the processes of greater integration and expansion, and the structural challenge, which will in the medium-run determine the place of the EU in the world. This textbook deals with this latter set of challenges, focusing on economic aspects, such as competitiveness and cohesion, as well as on other important issues such as ageing, migration, social polarization, and the emergence of regionalism and nationalism.


Published in Italian as (2003) L'Unione Europea. Economia, politica e società. Milan: Franco Angeli, pp. 240

Dynamics of Regional Growth in Europe

Dynamics of Regional Growth in Europe (1998)

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

In a period of deep economic, social, and political transformation, regional disparities seem to be particularly resistant to change. The emergence of a global economy, the shift in production methods, and the greater mobility of capital, labour, and raw materials have not brought about a radical reshuffling of the prevailing regional disparities.

There is a greater concentration of economic activity in core areas and very few peripheral regions are taking advantage of the process of global restructuring. The Dynamics of Regional Growth in Europe looks for the reasons behind this persistence in the social, political, and institutional arrangements of a large set of European regions, by trying to relate two scientific approaches concerned with regional economic performance, which share very little in common: the literature on socio-economic restructuring and structural change, and neoclassical and endogenous growth theories.

Reestructuración socioeconómica y desequilibrios regionales en la Unión Europea.

Reestructuración socioeconómica y desequilibrios regionales en la Unión Europea.

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

En las dos últimas décadas, los Estados de la Unión Europea han experimentado un profundo proceso de reestructuración que ha afectado a todos los ámbitos de la sociedad. En el campo económico, la decadencia del sistema de producción en masa ha generado métodos de producción más flexibles y adaptados a las nuevas tendencias en la demanda. El desarrollo de las relaciones entre Estados ha resultado en unos niveles de integración económica sin precedentes. Los cambios sociales y políticos no han ido a la zaga, con importantes avances en procesos de integración regional, entre los que sobresale la experiencia de la Unión Europea. Para amplios sectores de la economía, la geografía, o la sociología, los efectos de la reestructuración socioeconómica se estarían dejando sentir en la aparición de nuevos desequilibrios socioeconómicos que sentarían las bases de un modelo espacial diverso del ligado a la etapa industrial.

En este libro, a la vista de la evolución empírica de los desequilibrios espaciales a nivel regional en Europa Occidental, se examinan cuáles son los puntos fuertes y cuáles las debilidades de las principales de las teorías de desarrollo. También se analizan cómo los cambios recientes se combinan con las estructuras pre-existentes en el espacio para generar nuevos desequilibrios o para mantener y agudizar los desequilibrios espaciales. Finalmente el libro estudia cómo se ha adaptado la política regional de la UE a las transformaciones socioeconómicas recientes y cuál ha sido el papel desempeñado por la misma en la corrección de los desequilibrios socioeconómicos regionales.

La Europa de los contrastes. Disparidades socioeconómicas en el espacio comunitario. Málaga: Proyecto Sur de Ediciones.

La Europa de los contrastes. Disparidades socioeconómicas en el espacio comunitario. Málaga: Proyecto Sur de Ediciones.

Mercedes Molina and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Esta obra analiza en primer lugar cuál es la dimensión de los desequilibrios socioeconómicos en la Unión Europea (UE), al igual que los problemas socioeconómicos ligados a la existencia de tales disparidades. En segundo lugar, se examina cuál puede ser la repercusión de la presencia de tales desequilibrios sobre el proceso de integración europea, de cara a garantizar la necesaria estabilidad económica, social y política indispensable para la formación de una verdadera Unión.

Book Chapters

  • Francesca Mameli, Vassilis Tselios and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Regional employment and unemployment. In Handbook of Regional Science, edited by M. Fischer and P. Nijkamp, 109-124. Berlin: Springer, 2013.
  • Riccardo Crescenzi and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Regional knowledge creation in China, India and the US. Lessons for European regions. In Territorial patterns of innovation: an inquiry on the knowledge economy in European regions, edited by R. Capello and C. Lenzi, 71-109. 263-298. Abingdon: Routledge, 2013.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Trade openness and regional inequality. In The internal geography of trade. Lagging regions and global markets, edited by T. Farole, 33-63. Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 2013.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Vassilis Tselios and Deborah Winkler. Location and the determinants of exporting: Evidence from manufacturing firms in Indonesia. In The internal geography of trade. Lagging regions and global markets, edited by T. Farole, 127-158. Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 2013.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Institutionernas roll för den regionala utvecklingen. In Behövs regioner?, edited by F. Rakar and P. Tallberg, 173-184. Malmö: Exakta, 2013.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Fabrice Comptour. Are clusters the solution? In Innovation, global change and territorial resilience, edited by P. Cooke, M.D. Parrili, and J.L. Curbelo, 274-292. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2013.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Fabrice Comptour. Evaluating the role of clusters for innovation and growth in Europe. In Geography, Institutions and Regional Economic Performance, edited by R. Crescenzi and M. Percoco, 209-235. Heidelberg, Springer, 2013.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Vassilis Tselios. The determinants of regional educational inequality in western Europe. In Innovation, growth and competitiveness. Dynamic regions in the knowledge-based world economy, edited by P. Nijkamp and J. Siedschlag, 135-163. Heidelberg: Springer, 2011.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Are city regions the answer? In The Future of Regional Policy, edited by J.Tomaney, 50-59. London: Smith Institute, 2009.
  • Roberto Ezcurra and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Measuring the regional divide. In Handbook of regional growth and development theories, edited by Roberta Capello and Peter Nijkamp, 329-353. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Inc., 2009.
  • Riccardo Crescenzi and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Systems of innovation and regional growth in the EU: endogenous vs. external innovative efforts and socio-economic conditions. In Growth and innovation of competitive regions: the role of internal and external connections. Advances in spatial science Vol. II, edited by Ugo Fratesi and Lanfranco Senn, 167-191. Germany: Springer-Verlag, December 2008.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Ugo Fratesi. Explaining the scarce returns of European structural policies from a new economic geography perspectiva. In New Directions in Economic Geography, edited by Bernard Fingleton, 338-358. Cheltenham, UK: Erdgard Elgar Publishing Inc, 2007.
  • Giuseppe Mauro and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Squilibri regionali e crescita economica nell'Unione Europea, 1st edition. Milan: Franco Angeli, 2007.
  • José María González Zorrilla, Joseba Azkarraga, Jaime Montalvo, and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (editors). El modelo social europeo frente a la globalización Vol. 1, 1st edition. Bilbao: Eurobask, December 2005.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose.Envejecimiento, migración y el estado de bienestar europeo. In El modelo social europeo frente a la globalización, edited by José María González Zorrilla, Joseba Azkarraga, Claus Offe, and Jaime Montalvo, 103-130. Bilbao: Eurobask, December 2005.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Javier Sánchez-Reaza. Economic polarization through trade: trade liberalization and regional growth in Mexico. In Spatial Inequality and Development, edited by Ravi Kanbur and Anthony J. Venables, 237-259. Oxford: Oxford University Press, April 2005.
  • Georges Petrakos, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, and Ageliki Anagostou. Regional inequalities in the European Union. In Integration, Growth and Cohesion in an Enlarged European Union, edited by John Bradley, George Petrakos, and Iulia Traistaru, 29-43. New York: Springer, 2004.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Ugo Fratesi. Estrategias de desarrollo desequilibradas y falta de convergencia regional en la UE. In Cuestiones clave de la economía europea, edited by J Aurioles and E Manzanera, 19-59. Madrid: Pirámide, 2003.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Georges Petrakos. Integración económica y desequilibrios regionales en la Unión Europea. In Cambios regionales en la Unión Europea y nuevos retos territoriales, edited by J.M. Mella Márquez, 87-111. Madrid: Instituto de Estudios Fiscales, 2002.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Local production systems and economic performance in Britain, France, Germany, and Italy. In Local Production Systems in Europe. Rise or Demise?, edited by C. Crouch, P. Le Galès, C. Trigilia, and H. Voelzkow, 25-45. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Estrategias de desarrollo local en las áreas interiores de Europa. In Le Vie Interne allo Sviluppo del Mezzogiorno, edited by L. Stanzione, 61-73. Naples: I.U.O, 2001.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Mito y realidad de la globalización en los países en vías de desarrollo. In Lecturas Geográficas. Homenaje a José Estébanez Alvarez Vol. 2, edited by José Estébanez Alvarez, 1529-1536. Madrid: Universidad Complutense, 2000.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Convergencia y modelos de crecimiento regional en Europa. In Convergencia Regional en España: Hechos, Tendencias y Perspectivas, edited by J.R. Cuadrado Roura, T. Mancha Navarro, and R. Garrido Yserte, 71-109. Madrid: Visor, 1998.
  • Andrés Precedo and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Mutations économiques et évolution urbaine: du Pays basque à la Galice. In L'Ibérie atlantique, edited by Pierre Laborde, 35-50. Paris: Éditions IAAT-Ed. de l'Aube, 1996.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. El desarrollo local en Europa. In Desarrollo Económico Local, edited by A. Vázquez Barquero and J.A. Vázquez Barquero. Vigo: Universidade de Vigo, 1996.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. El marco físico de la Unión Europea. In La Unión Europea, edited by R. Puyol and J. Vinuesa, 19-40. Madrid: Síntesis, 1995.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Introducción. In La Unión Europea, edited by R. Puyol and J. Vinuesa, 11-18. Madrid: Síntesis, 1995.
  • José Estébanez, Mercedes Molina, and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Madrid, a global city?. In Planification et stratégies de développement dans les capitales européennes Vol. 162, 1st edition, edited by Christian Vandermotten, 79-86. Brussels: P.U.B., 1994.
  • Mercedes Molina and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. La política regional comunitaria ante la encrucijada del mercado único. In Aportaciones en homenaje al Profesor Luís Miguel Albentosa, edited by S. Roquer, 505-516. Tarragona: Diputación de Tarragona, 1993.
  • Mercedes Molina and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Transformaciones agrarias en la Europa Comunitaria: efectos de la PAC. In El medio rural español. Cultura, paisaje y naturaleza, edited by V. Cabero Diéguez, J.M. Llorente Pinto, J.I. Plaza Gutiérrez, and C. Pol Méndez, 699-706. Salamanca: Ediciones de la Universidad de Salamanca, 1992.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Ristrutturazione socioeconomica e crescita regionale nelle regioni periferiche della Comunità Europea. In Periferie d'Europa, edited by C. Lezzi and A. Trono, 398-425. Lecce: Università di Lecce, 1992.
  • Mercedes Molina and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Las actividades industriales: fundamento de la dualidad desarrollo-subdesarrollo. In Geografía Humana, edited by Rafael Puyol, 235-296. Madrid: Ediciones Pirámide, 1990.