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A geographical political economy of evolution in economic geography

Pike, Andy and Birch, Kean and Cumbers, Andrew and MacKinnon, Danny and McMaster, R. (2009) A geographical political economy of evolution in economic geography. Economic geography, 85 (2). pp. 175-182. ISSN 0013-0095

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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.