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

Journal Articles


































Local and Regional Development (2017)

By Andy Pike, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and John Tomaney

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? This book addresses the fundamental issues of 'what kind of local and regional development and for whom?', frameworks of understanding, and instruments and policies. It outlines what a holistic, progressive and sustainable local and regional development might constitute before reflecting on its limits and political renewal. With the growing international importance of local and regional development, this book is an essential student purchase, illustrated throughout with maps, figures and case studies from Asia, Europe, and Central and North America.

Innovation Drivers and Regional Innovation Strategies (2016)

By M. Davide Parrilli, Rune Dahl Fitjar and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (eds.)

In the global economy, regional development and innovation are increasingly an imperative to increase the competitive edge of EU economies. While European regions are different in many ways, the innovation capacity of regions, clusters and firms is what makes them capable of building up new and diversified pathways for sustainable growth. For this reason, Innovation Drivers and Regional Innovation Strategies looks to analyze different knowledge drivers (e.g. entrepreneurial or policy-orientation; scientific and practice-based knowledge modes; institutional innovation support) that influence the innovative and competitive capacity of regions, clusters and firms in Europe. The aim of this volume is to develop an in-depth understanding of these drivers and their implications for the way in which regional and cluster growth may be upgraded.

Innovation Drivers and Regional Innovation Strategies examines the construction of new innovation pathways for regions and clusters in different geographical contexts. The main themes are cluster evolution, regional innovation systems and business innovation modes and capabilities. The objectives are centred on exploring the logic and mechanisms that can be activated as a means to promote innovation and competitiveness within regions and, within these, across and within firms. Aimed at researchers and academics in the field, this is a thoughtful and innovative new volume that helps define the academic debate.

Local and Regional Development: Critical Concepts in Geography (2015)

By Andy Pike, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and John Tomaney (eds.)

This four-volume collection from Routledge meets the need for a comprehensive reference work to allow users to make better sense of the voluminous scholarly and practical literature on these and other issues. Indeed, the sheer scale of the research output-and the breadth of the field-makes this title especially welcome.

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 Tomaney (eds.)

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

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.

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

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 (1995)

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 (1994)

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

  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. The research and innovation divide in the EU and its economic consequences. In European Commission, Science, research and innovation performance of the EU, 2020. A fair, green and digital Europe, 676-707. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2020.
  • Andrés Rodíguez-Pose and C. Wilkie. Making the most of decentralization. In A. Olechnicka and M. Herbst (eds.), Równosc czy efektywnosc rozwoju. Eseje inspirowane dorobkiem naukowym Grzegorza Gorzelaka. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar Spólka, 2019.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Crescenzi, R., and Di Cataldo, M. Institutions and the thirst for 'prestige' transport infrastructure. In J. Glückler, R. Suddaby, and R. Lenz Knowledge and Institutions, 227-246). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2018. DOI: Link.
  • Francesca Mameli, Vassilis Tselios and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Regional employment and unemployment. In M. Fischer and P. Nijkamp (eds.), Handbook of Regional Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2018.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Wilkie, C. Pursuing equitable economic growth in the global South. In G.L. Clark, M.P. Feldman, M.S. Gertler, and D. Wójcik (eds.), The New Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography, 770-791. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Wilkie, C. Innovation and competitiveness in the periphery of Europe. In R. Huggins and P. Thompson (eds.), Handbook of Regions and Competitiveness. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2017.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Wilkie, C. Institutions and the entrepreneurial discovery process for smart specialization. In D. Kyriakou, M. Palazuelos Martínez, I. Periáñez-Forte and A. Rainoldi, Governing Smart Specialisation, 34-48. London: Routledge, 2017.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Wilkie, C. Understanding and learning from an evolving geography of innovation. In R. Shearmur, C. Carrincazeaux and D. Doloreux (eds.) Handbook on the Geographies of Innovation, 63-87. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016.
  • Fitjar, R.D., Parrilli. M.D. and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Business innovation modes: A review from a country perspective. In R.D. Fitjar, M.D. Parrilli and A. Rodríguez-Pose (eds.) Innovation Drivers and Regional Innovation Strategies, 197-218. London: Routledge, 2016
  • Fitjar, R.D. and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Firm collaboration and modes of innovation in Norway. In R.D. Fitjar, M.D. Parrilli and A. Rodríguez-Pose (eds.) Innovation Drivers and Regional Innovation Strategies, 160-178. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • Fitjar, R.D., Parrilli. M.D. and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. Fitjar, R.D., Parrilli. M.D. and Rodríguez-Pose, A. (2016) Innovation drivers and regional innovation strategies: Territorial and business insights. In R.D. Fitjar, M.D. Parrilli and A. Rodríguez-Pose (eds.) Innovation Drivers and Regional Innovation Strategies, 1-22. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • Fratesi, U. and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose L'impatto della crisi a livello regionale. Quale ruolo per le economie protette? In A. Bramanti and G. Gorla (eds.) Competività  territoriale, trasporti e politiche. Scritti per Lanfranco Senn, 75-101. Milan: Egea, 2014.
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose The role of institutions in regional development. In F. Rakar and P. Tallberg (eds.), Developing Regions for Regional Development - Towards a new Swedish model, 121-132. Stockholm: Reglab, 2015.
  • 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.