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MIT OpenCourseWare http://ocw.mit.edu 11.481J / 1.284J / ESD.192J Analyzing and Accounting for Regional Economic Growth Spring 2009 For information about citing these materials or our Terms of Use, visit: http://ocw.mit.edu/terms .
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Multiregional Planning Team, MIT HISTORY OF REGIONAL SCIENCE Professor Karen R. Polenske Department of Urban Studies and Planning Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 02139 Revised from presentation in São Paulo, Brazil March 14, 2008
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Multiregional Planning Team, MIT WHAT IS REGIONAL SCIENCE? . . . regional science as a discipline concerns the careful and patient study of social problems with regional or spatial dimensions, employing diverse combinations of analytical and empirical research.” (p. 2) “The study of a meaningful region (or systems of regions) as a dynamic organism.” (p. 5) (Walter Isard, Introduction to Regional Science , 1975)
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Multiregional Planning Team, MIT HOW IS REGIONAL SCIENCE RELATED TO OTHER FIELDS? Evolves around economics, geography, political science, sociology, anthropology, etc., but it is different in that “the regional scientist’s region or system of regions represents to him living organisms containing numerous and diverse behaving units- political, economic, social, and cultural-whose interdependent behavior is conditioned by psychological, institutional, and other factors” (Isard 1975, p. 3)
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Multiregional Planning Team, MIT Three periods for regional science (Antoine Bailly and Lay James Gibson, Regional Science: Directions for the Future, in Fifty Years of Regional Science , 2004), with additions by Polenske FIRST PERIOD 1950-1970: Post war regional adjustments “Thinking regionally” “Location matters” “Cold war programs” New programs in regional science, public funding. Importance of regional science in society: increasing
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