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OECD Regional Outlook 2011

Building Resilient Regions for Stronger Economies

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The OECD Regional Outlook 2011 provides an overview of the main developments in performance among OECD regions and the challenges for regional policy after the crisis. The first two chapters present fresh analysis of regional growth and labour-market trends, exploring their implications for policy. This is followed by three chapters offering focused analyses of key policy issues. The first, and most immediate, concerns the state of sub-national government finances in the wake of the crisis and its implications for managing public investment, in particular, during a period of austerity. The next two chapters are concerned with the potential contribution of regions and regional policies to addressing the longer-term challenges of innovation and green growth. Part 3 of the Outlook presents a "policy forum", a wide-ranging debate on the role of regional policy today involving experts and officials from within and outside the OECD. Finally, the Outlook includes individual country pages providing detailed quantitative and qualitative information on regional performance, institutions and policy settings in OECD members.

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Green Growth for Regional Development

This chapter focuses on the regional dimension of the shift towards a greener economy, which is currently a major policy priority for OECD countries. Its principal emphasis is on the potential contribution of cities and urban policies in meeting this challenge, but it also looks at the potential for renewable energy development to drive both cleaner growth and the revival of some rural areas. Finally, it also looks at multi-level governance of water, one of the most important and yet environmentally sensitive goods.

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