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Regional path dependence and path creation: a conceptual way forward

Fredin, Sabrina LU (2018) In New Horizons in Regional Science series p.308-327
Abstract
Path dependence has claimed its place as a core component of economic geography, but recently the concept has been criticized for the sole focus on external shocks and lock-ins. This critique has inspired scholarly work on new path development which gives great attention to endogenous pre-conditions for new path development. However, several shortcomings still exist. The main aim of this chapter is to enhance the concept of regional path dependence by suggesting a stronger role for human agency. This would address several of the remaining shortcomings. In order to move towards a more agency-centred view of regional path dependence, we have to take on a structure–agency approach, transcend the purely technological dimension of path... (More)
Path dependence has claimed its place as a core component of economic geography, but recently the concept has been criticized for the sole focus on external shocks and lock-ins. This critique has inspired scholarly work on new path development which gives great attention to endogenous pre-conditions for new path development. However, several shortcomings still exist. The main aim of this chapter is to enhance the concept of regional path dependence by suggesting a stronger role for human agency. This would address several of the remaining shortcomings. In order to move towards a more agency-centred view of regional path dependence, we have to take on a structure–agency approach, transcend the purely technological dimension of path dependence, shift from a few grand events to the activities of many agents and include both economic and public actors. (Less)
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Path Dependence, Agency
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Geography, Open Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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New Horizons in Regional Science series
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Gråsjö, Urban ; Karlsson, Charlie; Bernhard, Iréne ; ; and
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20 pages
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Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
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9781786439895
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English
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  author       = {Fredin, Sabrina},
  editor       = {Gråsjö, Urban  and Karlsson, Charlie and Bernhard, Iréne },
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  keyword      = {Path Dependence,Agency},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {308--327},
  publisher    = {Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.},
  series       = {New Horizons in Regional Science series},
  title        = {Regional path dependence and path creation: a conceptual way forward},
  year         = {2018},
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