A geographical political economy of evolution in economic geography

Andy Pike, Kean Birch, Andrew Cumbers, Danny MacKinnon, R. McMaster

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    Key themes for evolution in economic geography are identified that clarify and further refine and reinforce our argument for broader conceptions of institutions, social agency, and power and for the situation of the plural and emerging field of evolutionary approaches more fully within geographical political economy. We address the following issues: conceptual and terminological clarity; evolution and institutions within and beyond the firm; agency, bounded determinacy, and power; and research method and design. Our central contention is that geographical political economy provides a coherent and well-structured conceptual and theoretical framework with which to broaden and deepen our understanding, exploration, and practice of evolutionary thinking in economic geography.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)175-182
    Number of pages7
    JournalEconomic geography
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


    • geographical political
    • economy
    • evolution
    • economic geography


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