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Divergent Developmental Trajectories and Strategic Coupling in the Pearl River Delta: Where Is a Sustainable Way of Regional Economic Growth?
Liu, Yi1; Liang, Yutian2; Ma, Shiping3,4; Huang, Kaixuan5
2017-10-01
Source PublicationSUSTAINABILITY
ISSN2071-1050
Volume9Issue:10Pages:15
Corresponding AuthorLiang, Yutian(lytian@mail.sysu.edu.cn)
AbstractThis paper interprets regional economic sustainability in the context of the globalization of late-coming regions. Drawing upon the concept of strategic coupling from economic geography, this paper proposes two types of strategic coupling, captive and proactive coupling, for better understanding regional sustainability and resilience through the experiences of the Pearl River Delta in China. It finds that sub-regional economies under captive coupling become highly dependent on exogenous growth and are vulnerable to external shocks. This trajectory looks less sustainable according to the general understanding, but it interestingly shows better resilience during and after the 2008 global financial crisis. In contrast, the ones under proactive coupling are less volatile, but growing much slower and are less resilient. By reporting these regional economic dynamics, this paper argues that sustainability in late-coming regions cannot be explained by either intra-regional forces or the means of global integration alone. In contrast, it has to be explained by the combination of both; the alleged strategic coupling in which economic growth and learning happens. This paper thus calls for greater attention to strategic coupling, the trade-off of globalization and resilience for understanding regional sustainability, rather than purely focusing on resource utilization and ecological balance.
Keywordsustainability regional development strategic coupling resilience the Pearl River Delta
DOI10.3390/su9101782
WOS KeywordGLOBAL PRODUCTION NETWORKS ; CHINA ; RESILIENCE ; PERSPECTIVES ; DYNAMICS ; INDUSTRY
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Sciences Foundation of China[41301112] ; National Natural Sciences Foundation of China[41401119]
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Sciences Foundation of China
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics ; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS SubjectGREEN & SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ; Environmental Sciences ; Environmental Studies
WOS IDWOS:000414896200112
PublisherMDPI AG
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/56720
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorLiang, Yutian
Affiliation1.Sun Yat Sen Univ, Sch Tourism Management, Guangzhou 510275, Guangdong, Peoples R China
2.Sun Yat Sen Univ, Sch Geog & Planning, Ctr Integrated Geog Informat Anal, Guangzhou 510275, Guangdong, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
4.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
5.London Sch Econ & Polit Sci, Dept Geog & Environm, London WC2A 2AE, England
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Liu, Yi,Liang, Yutian,Ma, Shiping,et al. Divergent Developmental Trajectories and Strategic Coupling in the Pearl River Delta: Where Is a Sustainable Way of Regional Economic Growth?[J]. SUSTAINABILITY,2017,9(10):15.
APA Liu, Yi,Liang, Yutian,Ma, Shiping,&Huang, Kaixuan.(2017).Divergent Developmental Trajectories and Strategic Coupling in the Pearl River Delta: Where Is a Sustainable Way of Regional Economic Growth?.SUSTAINABILITY,9(10),15.
MLA Liu, Yi,et al."Divergent Developmental Trajectories and Strategic Coupling in the Pearl River Delta: Where Is a Sustainable Way of Regional Economic Growth?".SUSTAINABILITY 9.10(2017):15.
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