Economic geography and the evolution of networks

  • Glückler J
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Abstract

An evolutionary perspective on economic geography requires a dynamic understanding of change in networks. This article explores theories of network evolution for their use in geography and develops the conceptual framework of geographical network trajectories. It specifically assesses how tie selection constitutes the evolutionary process of retention and variation in network structure and how geography affects these mechanisms. Finally, a typology of regional network formations is used to discuss opportunities for innovation in and across regions.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Evolution
  • Evolutionary economic geography
  • Innovation
  • Network trajectory
  • Social network analysis

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