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Dynamics and drivers of Turkish regional development: a Curate’s Egg

Ersoy, Aksel (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Understanding of the economic processes shaping regional economies is in a constant state of change. These processes are important to understand for policy making as governments seek to improve the economic well-being of citizens. Existing empirical research in this field has focussed on regions in economically advanced and technologically innovative economies. As a consequence, the broader picture of the dynamics of regional development in less developed countries, particularly its social and political origins and the overall changes in regional inequality, have remained elusive and less clear. The purpose of this thesis has been to develop an understanding of the local and regional dynamics of economic development in the context of the transitioning and emerging economy of Turkey. The approach has been to unpack a series of local and regional development theories and, from the drivers identified, to develop an econometric model calibrated for the Turkish context using available and appropriate proxy measures. Document analysis supported by interviews with groups of policy makers has been intertwined with the results of the model. The results of the study explain that implications of the current local and regional economic development theories are a Curate’s Egg – good in parts – because these theories are only partially relevant in the Turkish context.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Taylor, Michael and Bryson, John
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Keywords:Local and regional economic development, drivers of Turkish economy, theoretically informed empirical modelling
Subjects:DR Balkan Peninsula
HC Economic History and Conditions
HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3423
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