Academic journal article Geography

Economic Geographies of Globalisation: A Short Introduction

Academic journal article Geography

Economic Geographies of Globalisation: A Short Introduction

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Economic Geographies of Globalisation: A short introduction Martin Sokol Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2011 224pp, 15.9 x 23.5cm Hb: £80.00, ISBN 978 1 84980 149 2

Written in the context of the economic crisis, this book explains why geography has become more important than ever in recent years. It offers students a clear and up-to-date introduction to how economies work, why they suffer crises, and the reasons for growing global inequalities.

After a review of the extent and causes of these inequalities and the recent global crisis, Chapters 2 and 3 explain how the alternative neo-classical, Marxist and evolutionary-institutional approaches adopted by economic geographers interpret spatial patterns of global development. Subsequent chapters present these approaches in more detail. In particular, Chapter 6 traces the various threads of recent evolutionary-institutional debate, addressing regional innovation systems, knowledge economies, the significance of trust and social capital, and the 'cultural turn'. …

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