Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy

No 2017/12: Sketching the Contours of an Integrative Paradigm of Economic Geography

Robert Hassink () and Huiwen Gong ()
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Robert Hassink: Kiel University, Postal: Germany
Huiwen Gong: Kiel University, Postal: Germany

Abstract: Over the last twenty years, modern economic geography has been increasingly fragmented, particularly concerning its themes, on the one hand, and its schools of thought, perspectives and paradigms, on the other. Although there have been arguments in favor of engaged pluralism between the latter, what we see in reality is mainly fragmented pluralism, which is particularly problematic for the identification with the sub-discipline and the exchange with neighboring social disciplines. In order to solve this problem, in our view, we need an Integrative Paradigm of Economic Geography. In this paper, we sketch the contours of such a paradigm, which consists of a core, namely economic activities in space, place and scales and their drivers, and three inter-related ontological foundations, namely networks, evolution and institutions.

Keywords: economic geography; pluralism; paradigms; Integrative Paradigm of Economic Geography

JEL-codes: R10; R11

49 pages, August 28, 2017

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