OECD: Regional Development

“The OECD’s Territorial Development Policy Committee (TDPC) is a unique international forum for policy analysis and exchange of information on regional developmentregional competitivenessurban developmentrural developmentmulti-level governance and regional statistics and indicators.

“Regions are the building blocks of the national economy. Every country needs competitive, dynamic regions if it is to achieve its economic and social objectives at the national level. As such, regional development is an indispensable complement to national macroeconomic and structural policies.

“Moreover, globalisation poses new challenges to regions and to current regional development policies.

“The issue for government is to promote adjustment across the whole territory – from metropolitan regions to rural regions, and from dynamic high-tech cores to more traditional manufacturing areas. This involves removing structural obstacles to growth, building on existing capacities and developing new strengths, while also addressing the consequences of this adjustment.

“Good governance – between national and regional governments, among sub-national levels of government, and between private and public actors – enhances the competitiveness of all regions; poor governance can increase regional disparities, creating imbalances and even resistance to change.

“The TDPC’s work programme focuses on regional competitiveness and multi-level governance. The factors underlying competitiveness and their governance implications are explored in a series of Territorial Reviews of regional policy and through regional statistics and indicators.”

See OECD, Regional Development, About.


OECD’s research on Regional, Rural and Urban Development issues can be found here.  In addition to Regional Development, topics include: the Local Economic and Employment Development Programme, and Infrastructure.