Regionalism in the rocky mountain west and its benifits Essay

Regionalism in the rocky mountain west and its benifits

In the course of time, diversity and globalization the world is seemingly moving into another level of which different aspects of life is inter twined with one another. In an article written by Emily Rosenberg she has stated a post that she has found in a restaurant within such message[1] with regards to the regional strengths of the Rocky Mountain West. The justification with regards to the products of different states represents that there is already a separate specialization in terms of production. Thus, any person would understand that globalization is not only one ideology which is now being followed but there is already a concept with regards to having regional strengths. Again, highlighting the statement in the article, the power is currently off countries such as China, India and the likes but it is currently within the region and the abilities these can produce and develop.


            Regionalism is stated to be the “distinctive local character of different parts of the world or to a people’s perception of the identification with such places[2].” Thus, regionalism is a concept is a characteristic of a certain territory with regards tot its political, societal, economical and cultural norms. Thus, it is assumed that the Rocky Mountain West has its own view point with regards to certain decisions and analysis of a certain situation with regards different aspects present.

            Based on Neil Peirce’s statement there is currently a re-emergence of the concept of having city-states which was practiced during the past. The city-states, as he defined, “is the region of one or more historic central cities surrounded by one of more towns which have a shared identification, constitute a single zone for trade, commerce and communication, and characterized by social, economic and environmental interdependence[3].” Currently, the modern city states are not closely similar to the city states in the past, due to the high quality of capital transfer and the electronic communications as well as the main recipients of the world population expansion. In his discussion, Pierce states that the component of the national economy of every state is the composition of the regional economies within the city state within their core. Thus, the economic growth of the whole nation is directly independent with the regional economic growth of the state.

            In adopting the definition that Peirce had offered, decision makers located in major urban areas must learn to understand the central city as a huge part of the regional concept. As an example, decision makers must realize the nature and extend of the concept of interdependence with the neighbors surrounding the city state. In order for decision makers to deal with this kind of complicated inter-relationships, this will require a collective thinking and the proper planning of the city in order to maintain its position in the competitive world.

Nation states on the other hand, has constitutional basis which is responsible for the defending, controlling the currency as is accountable for providing a societal safety nets. Although nation’s states are present, this does not hide the fact that city-states are loosing a part of their sovereignty. Such instances happen within a bigger scope of communities or organizations such as NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) as well as the European Community during the end of Cold war.  In the subject of economy during those times, different regions did not rely much on national governments of provincial and state governments.

However, the major concern in which Peirce highlighted is the concept of “how those living within the city state choose to shape their future?[4] Given that the city states are currently living within a certain circumstance, the modernity that is slowly slipping through the Rocky Mountains States. Furthermore, the new conditions are that they should be directing must lead to seeing themselves (region) as natural body that will develop its own strategies while attending cautiously its own business. Moreover, the planning of these types of matters is known to be difficult which requires extensive partaking from the entities involved.


            As the region rich with environmental resources, the Rocky Mountain States are one of the most active areas that maintain prosperity of their land. Given that the issue of climate changes is at hand, regionalism is mainly helping the whole territory to address the problems. In 2001 the University of Montana School of law and its students has started to create an inventory with regards to the regional initiatives in the Western part of the country. The West area which is encompassed by the study made were those that are located fully west of the 100th meridian, not including the states of Hawaii and Alaska. The west includes eight different federal states that are mostly composed the Rocky Mountain West with the West Coast and the western border of the Great Plains[5].

            The regionalism in the west is known to be based on the complexity theory where in regionalism is a mechanism that could directly respond to the needs of humans as well as with their interests. The concept of comparative advantage in regionalism is a framework for the policies and management it promotes for human needs and interests that is based on natural geography which could be a problem or an opportunity. These types of approach have emerged from the view of having initiatives to act against the problems at hand. In addition, to this, regionalism is recognizing the importance of “integrating social, economic, and environmental concerns; multiple interests and view points; and different ways of learning[6].”

            In connection to this, technological advances in information, communication as well as transportation are allowing development not only within the region but also in the global community. Globalization led the economies of different parts of the world to flourish. Regions must then remember that having competitive abilities is very significant in order to have relations with local economy and other markets in different parts of the international community. Accordingly, regionalism is the next step which is utilized after all the failed concepts had been tried. The concept of federalism is again rising thus, separating the power from the central authority.

            For the pursuance of the concept of regionalism, different initiatives are done by different actors such as the citizens, different levels of the government, private and public partnerships, and the likes who have the capacity to convince and promote the needs of the environment. Within the geographic scale, there are also varieties of initiatives in the West which are organized from small watersheds up to the multi-national ecosystems or the intra-state watershed councils. The other type is the intra-state place-based partnerships which described through geographic and social characteristics which are known in the particular state.

            In conclusion, the Rocky Western Mountains States in one region that is very open to the changes which are brought to them. Through the different initiatives of various actors as well as the concepts utilized by decision makers. Regionalism is attained for the good reason of development, and improvement that must be attained for the success of economy, politics, environment, culture and the society.


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[1]              Emily Rosenberg “Rocky Mountain West: region in transition”; [Data Base Online]; available from (1992). “The average man rises in the morning from his New England sheet, he shaves with ‘Williams’ soap and a Yankee safety razor, pulls on his Boston boots over his socks from North Carolina, fastens his Connecticut braces, slips his Waltham or Waterbury watch in his pocket, and sits down to breakfast. There he congratulates his wife on the way her Illinois straight-front corset sets off her Massachusetts blouse…. At the same time he reads his morning paper…”
[2]              Cole Harris “Regionalism.” [Data Base Online]; available from
[3]              Edward J. Chambers. “Visioning the New Economy in the Rocky Mountain West: A Summary of the Conference” [Online Database]; available from
[4]              Ibid.
[5] Matthew McKinney, Craig Fitch, and Will Harmon. “Regionalism in the West: An Inventory and Assessment.” [Online Database]; Available from University of Montana (2002). Vol 23; 101-191.
[6] Ibid. p. 5