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.
Chapter 1.3: State
States play central roles in structuring economic and industrial development, and they exist in a diverse array of place-specific political ideologies, economic institutions and state–society relationships. There are two broad perspectives on the state in economic geography. The first views it as an extra-economic force that intervenes to correct market failures and guide economic processes. The second views the state as being inseparable from capitalist systems and the geographical context where it is situated. Economic geographers have studied how different varieties of capitalism have evolved historically in particular places, how inter-state trade and investment agreements shape the global economy, and how the territorial strategies of states influence the distribution of economic opportunity and power within them.
States-in-Capitalism or Capitalist-States?
Economic geographers have developed important ideas and ...