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Working Paper PKWP1407

From resilient regions to bioregions: An exploration of green post-Keynesianism

July 2014

Rhydian James, Molly Scott Cato

This paper develops an answer to the question of what constitutes a resilient region (Bristow, 2010) by arguing that the resilient region can be seen as a prototype bioregion. The transition from a proto-bioregion to a bioregion, and thus from proto-bioregionalism to bioregionalism proper, is examined. The paper begins with a review of the existing literature on regional resilience. The authors then explore the possible heterodox theoretical underpinnings of this approach, drawing on post-Keynesian, Marxian and green economy concepts. The paper’s final section extends the theory to a bioregional conclusion, and discusses the policy approaches that might be applied to extend a resilient region into a bioregion.

Keywords: Bioregion, green economy, resilient regions, post-Keynesian

JEL classification: B50: Current Heterodox Approaches: General P16: Capitalist Systems: Political Economy Q57: Ecological Economics: Ecosystem Services; Biodiversity Conservation; Bioeconomics; Industrial Ecology R10: General Regional Economics (includes Regional Data)

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