Title
Path dependence : a political economy perspective Path dependence : a political economy perspective
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
London
Subject
Sociology
Law
Source (journal)
International journal of urban and regional research. - London
Volume/pages
36(2012) :1 , p. 158-165
ISSN
0309-1317
1468-2427
ISI
000298477900010
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In this commentary, I endorse Ron Martins thoughtful rethinking of the concept of path dependence in a successful attempt to improve our understanding of regional economic evolution. I take issue, however, with his quick dismissal of Marxist geographical political economy as an important reference point for understanding the evolution of the economic landscape. Taking inspiration from a spatialized reading of the regulationist perspective on socioeconomic development, I argue that Marxist geographical political economy is a key reference point for any theory of regional development because it points to the importance of capital accumulation, state restructuring and collective agency in shaping economic evolution.
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