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 2.3: Accessibility
In the most general sense, accessibility is the ease of reaching destinations. The term can be used for people to describe the ease with which they can reach places they want to go, such as hospitals, schools, shops, workplaces or national parks; accessibility can also be used in reference to places, to describe how easily one place or location, say for a business, can be reached by people in other places. Although in the early days of economic geography, access was conceptualized in terms of simple distance as one of the key concepts underlying the spatial organization of the settlement system (Christaller, 1966) and industrial location (Weber, 1929), accessibility also depends on the communication and transportation networks that facilitate interaction.
As a driver as well ...