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Key Concepts in Economic Geography is a new kind of textbook that forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the human geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, this book 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 advanced undergraduate and graduate 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.


Why do some regions and countries remain chronically poor while others continually get richer and more powerful? Why has inequality increased in the past century and why is it so difficult for developing nations to consistently grow their economies and become more industrialized? The core–periphery concept addresses these questions by providing a framework for understanding how national and regional economies develop in part through their relationships to other places and regions. In doing so the concept helps to explain why there are ‘have’ places (cores) and ‘have-not’ places (peripheries) in the world economy. Economic geographers have extended the concept by applying ideas from radical political economy to explain how structural inequalities between core (advanced industrial) and peripheral (developing) countries have evolved and been sustained ...

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