OECD Territorial Reviews

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This series offers analysis and policy guidance to national and subnational governments seeking to strengthen territorial development policies and governance. These reviews are part of a larger body of OECD work on regional development that addresses the territorial dimension of a range of policy challenges, including governance, innovation, urban development and rural policy. This work includes both thematic reports and reports on specific countries or regions.

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OECD Territorial Reviews: Champagne-Ardenne, France 2002

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17 Dec 2002
9789264175952 (PDF) ;9789264198005(print)

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The Champagne-Ardenne region in the north-east of France enjoys comparative advantages in a number of sectors, including mechanics, metalworking, packaging and agriculture, and of course Champagne. Although it still ranks fifth among French regions in terms of GDP/capita, Champagne-Ardenne lost ground during the recession of the early 1990s.

This report analyses the strategy conducted by the Regional Council to strengthen the catching-up process and diversify the regional economy. It insists on the need to focus on two prime engines of growth: entrepreneurship and foreign direct investment. Moreover, increasing the competitiveness of the region calls for special efforts to help Champagne-Ardenne move towards more knowledge-based economic activities, to stimulate research and to encourage SMEs to network and innovate. While a better balance between agricultural policies and rural policies needs to be found, the region also has an important role to play in fighting urban decay - Champagne-Ardenne is one of the regions in France with the largest proportions of total population living in sensitive urban zones.The report also suggests that the potential for urban development could be enhanced by encouraging co-operation among cities and fostering the establishment of urban networks.

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Table of Contents

Assessment and Recommendations
Chapter 1. Socio-Economic Analysis of an Intermediate Region: the Champagne-Ardenne Region
Chapter 2. Comparison between Champagne-Ardenne, Wallonia, Pittsburgh, and East Midlands
Chapter 3. Regional Strategies and Governance
Chapter 4. Cross-Border and Transnational Cooperation in Champagne-Ardenne
Chapter 5. Economic Development, Knowledge, and Innovation
Chapter 6. Urban Policy
Chapter 7. Rural Development

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