Competitiveness and Cohesion in the Spanish Provinces: A Territorial Approach

  • Asunción López
  • José M. Mella-Márquez
  • Federico Steinberg
Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 93)

Abstract

This chapter draws on economic models to explore the relationships between economic competitiveness and territorial cohesion in the Spanish regions for the period 1981–1998. It appears that redistributive policies in Spain have been effective in promoting territorial cohesion for a large number of provinces. Moreover, the traditional division between dynamic and backward provinces is being overcome and does not reflect any more the economic-territorial map of Spain. However, cohesion policies have not succeeded in increasing productivity, particularly in the relatively impoverished southern regions. The authors review a host of socio-economic variables (employment, urbanization, local and EU subsidies, gross value added, disposable income, ageing, population density, and productivity) related to competitiveness and cohesion and conclude with some broad policy recommendations.

Keywords

Europe Income Coherence Agglomeration Lution 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Asunción López
    • 1
  • José M. Mella-Márquez
  • Federico Steinberg
  1. 1.Universidad Autónoma de MadridThe Netherlands

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