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Title: Regional growth between accumulation and assimilation : the concept of regional growth capability : an application of growth pole theories to East Germany
Author: Hochberg, A.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2000
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As a result of German unification on 3 October 1990, East Germany acquired virtually overnight the entire institutional and legal framework of the Federal Republic. Thus, regional policy also began to address problems of transformation and structural change in the New Federal States. But nine years later, decelerating GDP increases, a persistent decline in employment and almost stagnant productivity gains have placed in catching-up process in jeopardy. Structural and regional divergences have endured, or have, in some cases, even aggravated. This thesis should, therefore, respond to a widely perceived need for dogmatic change in the FRG's regional policy. The newly developed and statistically backed concept of GROWTH CAPABILITY explains regional backwardness by the fact that the feasible growth path of a region diverges, induced by a persistent under-utilisation of resources, from its potential growth path. On the one hand, most of the East German regions tend to diverge from their potential growth path, however, they do so to a very different degree. Some regions, on the other hand, manage to either stay on the potential growth path or return to it after some temporary deviation. The extent to which a region can follow their potential growth path is called GROWTH CAPABILITY. Thus, a region's growth capability is determined by its potential to catch up with the optimum (potential) growth path. Accordingly, regional policy that aims at bringing regions back to their potential growth paths has to reanimate the regions' growth potential. This research therefore advocates strategies of polarised development to enhance a region's potential to catch-up.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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