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Mapping the emergence of the circular economy within the governance paths of shrinking cities and regions: a comparative study of Parkstad Limburg (NL) and Satakunta (FI)

Marjan Marjanović, an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg, examines the interplay between governance priorities and the circular economy (CE) agenda in Parkstad Limburg (Netherlands) and Satakunta (Finland). The study finds that CE emerges in specific sectors influenced by European frameworks, national policies, and local initiatives. Satakunta leverages its manufacturing legacy for economic growth, while Parkstad Limburg focuses on circular construction for spatial restructuring and public funding. CE unifies existing interests, upholding prevailing political priorities without introducing new governance approaches.

Journal: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.

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