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Chapter 17: The Capitalist Imperative (1989): Michael Storper and Richard Walker
The Capitalist Imperative (1989): Michael Storper and Richard Walker
Most existing treatments of urbanization, regional development, and industry location are based upon neoclassical economics and share its assumptions and shortcomings. The three fundamental building blocks of neoclassical theory are: (1) the central economic activity is exchange; (2) the goal of economic exchange is efficient resource allocation in the service of subjective preferences; (3) the natural state of the system is to come to rest at a stable equilibrium … Our view of capitalist reality is … quite otherwise. The economy is fundamentally a disequilibrium system, driven to grow and to change by its own internal rules of surplus generation, by investment to expand capital, by fierce competition, ...