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Key Concepts in Economic Geography

Key Concepts in Economic Geography

November 2010 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"A comprehensive and highly readable review of the conceptual underpinnings of economic geography. Students and professional scholars alike will find it extremely useful both as a reference manual and as an authoritative guide to the numerous theoretical debates that characterize the field."
- Allen J. Scott, University of California

"Guides readers skilfully through the rapidly changing field of economic geography... The key concepts used to structure this narrative range from key actors and processes within global economic change to a discussion of newer areas of research including work on financialisation and consumption. The result is a highly readable synthesis of contemporary debates within economic geography that is also sensitive to the history of the sub-discipline."
- Sarah Hall, University of Nottingham

"The nice thing about this text is that it is concise but with depth in its coverage. A must have for any library, and a useful desk reference for any serious student of economic geography or political economy."
- Adam Dixon, Bristol University

Organized around 20 short essays, Key Concepts in Economic Geography provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in economic geography. Involving detailed and expansive discussions, the book includes:

  • An introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field.
  • Over 20 key concept entries with comprehensive explanations, definitions and evolutions of the subject.
  • Extensive pedagogic features that enhance understanding including figures, diagrams and further reading.

An ideal companion text for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students in economic geography, the book presents the key concepts in the discipline, demonstrating their historical roots and contemporary applications to fully understand the processes of economic change, regional growth and decline, globalization, and the changing locations of firms and industries. Written by an internationally recognized set of authors, the book is an essential addition to any geography student's library.

Key Agents in Economic Geography



Key Drivers of Economic Change



Industries and Regions in Economic Change
Industrial Location

Industrial Clusters

Regional Disparity


Global Economic Geographies


Circuits of Capital

Global Value Chains

Socio-Cultural Contexts of Economic Change





Emerging Themes in Economic Geography
Knowledge Economy



Sustainable Development


This text is a good overview of current issues involving economic geography it will make an excellent supplemental reader for all who take the course. Recommended as a primer for all geography students.

Dr Leonard Peacefull
Geography & Planning Dept, University of Akron
June 29, 2011

This book provides an excellent introduction into the spatial dimensions of the economy as well as the economic dimensions of space. I have recommended it to students with special interest in the geographical aspects of economic history.

Professor Ernst Langthaler
Department for Economic and Social History, University of Vienna
April 3, 2011

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