Dynamics in economic geography
Understanding spatial socio-economic inequalities2e druk | 2023 | Ton van Rietbergen, Sierdjan Koster
Global transformations such as globalization and climate change influence the economic fate of people and places very differently. Also, places differ in terms of the opportunities they offer to firms and the people living there. As a result, there are important socio-economic inequalities across space. Economic Geography gives you the tools to understand such inequalities.
The aim of this book is to provide students and other interested readers with an up-to-date introduction to economic geography, applied to the Netherlands and beyond. It provides an overview of what economic geography studies and summarizes and explains its main approaches. As such, the book is broad in scope and it serves as a starting point for more in-depth exploration.
Compared with the third edition, published in 2014, the organization of the chapters has been changed, and the topics addressed have been importantly updated, in the spirit of this age. Globalisation and its opportunities and threats are discussed in a new, separate chapter. A second new chapter questions what economic value is and explains the broad welfare approach alongside the concepts of sustainability and resilience. The outline of what economic geography is and the explanation of its main approaches - the core of the field - have remained.
The book is very suitable for College and university students and teachers in the field of Human Geography and Planning, Built Environment, Sustainable Development, Economics and studies alike.
Compared with the third edition, published in 2014 (in Dutch in 2012), both the chapter organization and the topics addressed have been importantly updated. An introductory chapter outlining what constitutes economic geography is followed by a new Chapter 2 about globalization and its opportunities and threats. This chapter sets the global context in which we can understand many local developments and phenomena. Chapters 3 to 7 introduce and summarize the main approaches in economic geography. Chapter 3 introduces classical and neoclassical theories, Chapter 4 explains the role of agglomeration as formalized in the influential new economic geography approach. This is followed by the behavioural approach (Chapter 5), the institutional approach (Chapter 6), and the evolutionary approach (Chapter 7). Also new is Chapter 8, which questions what economic value actually is and explains the broad welfare approach and the concepts of sustainability and resilience. Finally, Chapter 9 provides conclusions and looks ahead.