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Strategic-Based Regional Development: Towards a theory of everything for regional development?

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This paper presents a potential ‘theory of everything’ for regional development processes which can be applied to development and cohesion policies. Denominated as strategic-based regional development, this more comprehensive regional development theoretical background embraces several established regional development paradigms, which include sustainable-, institutional-, knowledge-, place-, infrastructural-, and balanced-based policy rationales. Strategic-based regional development aims to respond to the development challenges and needs of all regions by embracing not only socioeconomic and environmental policy actions, but also spatial planning and governance-related policy approaches. Drawn mostly on desk research, the presented theoretical rationale draws a distinction between mainstream regional development theories since it builds upon the territorial development concept, rather than the economic development.

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Eduardo Medeiros - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), DINÂMIA’CET - IUL https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8877-5606

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Medeiros, E. (2022). Strategic-Based Regional Development: Towards a theory of everything for regional development?. European Journal of Spatial Development, 19(5), 1–26. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6805455