This is the first sustained discussion of methodological issues in economic geography in the last twenty years. It comprises an extended discussion of qualitative and ethnographic methods; an assessment of quantitative and numerical methods; an examination of post-structuralist and feminist methodologies; an overview of case-study approaches; and an inquiry into the relation between economic geography and other disciplines. With short, accessible, and engaging chapters, this is a critical assessment of qualitative and quantitative methods in economic geography.

Methodologies, Epistemologies, Audiences

Methodologies, Epistemologies, Audiences

Methodologies, epistemologies, audiences

This chapter examines a set of issues and challenges that face geographers wishing to engage in the policy analysis and the policy-making process. The discussion is not about research for research's sake, but about research targeted towards policy problems with contending parties and distributional consequences. In other words, where there are winners and losers. I make a further distinction between policy research that answers a specific problem in which the author chooses to follow a standard practice or recipe (impact analysis comes to mind) with neither alternative scenarios nor a range of effects specified versus policy research in which the analyst adds new information or incorporates theoretical propositions that go above and beyond or are in some way counter to ...

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