The Spatial and Economic Transformation of Mountain Regions: Landscapes as Commodities

1st Edition

Manfred Perlik

February 25, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 320 Pages - 32 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138784086 - CAT# Y167735
Series: Routledge Advances in Regional Economics, Science and Policy

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Mountain regions are subject to a unique set of economic pressures: they act as collective enterprises which have to valorise rare resources, such as spectacular landscapes. While primarily rural in nature, they often border large cities, and the development of industries such as hydroelectric power and the rapid development of tourism can bring about sweeping socio-economic change and vast demographic alterations.

The Spatial and Economic Transformation of Mountain Regions describes the socio-economic changes and spatial impacts of the last four decades, with the transformation of mountain areas held up as an example. Much of the real world context draws on the Alps, spanning as they do, the significant economies of France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Chapters address academic discourse on regional development in these mountain areas and suggest alternative approaches to the liberal-productivist societal model.

This book will be essential reading for professionals, institutions and NGOs searching for counter models to the existing marketing approaches for peripheral areas. It will also be of interest to students of regional development, economic geography, environmental studies and industrial economics.

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